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Taneytown woman gets jail time for distribution of oxycodone

Taneytown woman gets jail time for distribution of oxycodone
Dorothy Elizabeth Caple was ordered to serve 18 months in jail for serving as a "middle man" in the distribution of oxycodone. Full story (HANDOUT)

A Taneytown woman was ordered to serve 18 months in jail for serving as a "middle man" in the distribution of oxycodone last year.

Dorothy Elizabeth Caple, 40, of the unit block of George Street, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts, according to Senior Assistant State's Attorney Adam Wells.

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Caple was sentenced to four years with all but 18 months suspended and ordered to report to the Carroll County Detention Center to serve her sentence starting Aug. 17, Wells said.

In early December, a member of the Carroll County Drug Task Force monitored jail calls made to Caple by Kevin Few, 50, of Westminster, who was serving a one-year sentence for possession of heroin, according to court records.

Few was Caple's significant other and the two had several conversations related to obtaining and distributing pills, according to court records.

On Dec. 14, the investigator heard Caple say she needed to meet with the supplier of the pills the next day and he surveilled her residence Dec. 15, according to court records.

The investigator saw a car in the driveway registered to the suspected supplier and a third vehicle approached the rear of the home, stopped, and the driver spoke with Caple through the car's window, according to court records. A marked patrol car stopped the car after it left the residence, and the driver was identified as Daniel Joseph McCormick, 28, of the 1300 block of N. Main St. in Hampstead.

A drug dog team was requested to scan the vehicle and alerted to the possible presence of drugs, according to court records. The drug task force investigator searched the vehicle and did not find any drugs, but McCormick agreed to show him where he had concealed the pills.

Police found 120 oxycodone tablets, $5,870 in cash and a cellphone in McCormick's car, according to court records. A search warrant for the cellphone showed messages between McCormick and Caple relating to the distribution of narcotics.

Caple spoke with police Dec. 19 after they searched her home and said she sold oxycodone a few times, most recently to a man whose description matched that of McCormick, and identified McCormick from photos, according to court records.

McCormick was charged with possession of a narcotic with the intent to distribute and related offenses in relation to the incident, according to electronic court files. A criminal motions hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1 in the Circuit Court for Carroll County.

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