A 24-year-old man is facing 14 counts of drug-related charges in two criminal cases where police allege he is the area’s “main distributor” of drugs like heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and Suboxone.
When he was arrested Feb. 7 at his Owings home, Sean Patrick Donovan reportedly denied he sold drugs. Since last Thursday, Donovan has been held without bond at the detention center.
As the target of a three-months-long police investigation, Donovan allegedly sold drugs from his home in the 800 block of Mt. Harmony Road, less than 500 feet away from Mt. Harmony Elementary School, court papers allege.
Dfc. Brian Pounsberry of the sheriff’s office, who investigates overdose cases in the Twin Beaches area, said he was advised that Donovan is “the main controlled substance supplier in the area,” charging papers allege.
Police conducted physical surveillance of Donovan’s home, and Pounsberry wrote in a police report that he saw a pattern of high vehicle traffic with “known [controlled dangerous substance] abusers” coming and leaving shortly after, according to charging documents.
During surveillance, Pounsberry said he frequently saw a maroon Nissan Maxima, the same car as the one registered to Daevon Rashad Hamlin, 23, whom police believe was helping Donovan sell drugs. Police said they saw the car visiting Donovan’s residence several times throughout the day, staying for short periods of time and then leaving, court papers allege.
“Based on my knowledge and experience, distributors of CDS will leave their supplies at a designated location and only take the small amounts they intend to sell in order to avoid being detected as a distributor,” Pounsberry wrote. “This leads to the pattern of the distributor having to come back to the residence, get the product, then leave the residence to meet with the abusers they intend to sell the controlled substance to.”
Other than the observed traffic pattern, police allege a review of cellphone messages showed discussions between Donovan and Hamlin talking about supplying and selling drugs under code names.
Based on information found on the phones of Donovan and Hamlin, police further allege Donovan sold drugs to individual buyers and provided drugs to Hamlin, who then delivered them to others. On two different dates, police conducted traffic stops on two cars shortly after they left Donovan’s home and found Suboxone both times.
In a December house search, police said they found heroin, Suboxone, cocaine and digital scales in Donovan’s home and $636 on him. When police searched his home again on Jan. 15, Dfc. Justin Livingston of the sheriff’s office wrote in a police report Donovan answered “I don’t sell drugs” when he was asked a question.
Donovan’s next hearing is scheduled for March 8 in district court.
Hamlin faces four drug possession charges, all misdemeanors, in two criminal cases. His next hearing is set for March 18 in district court.