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Two charged with possession of drugs, intent to distribute

Two charged with possession of drugs, intent to distribute
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Two Hampstead residents are charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute after police allegedly found packaged cocaine and heroin in their home when responding to an apparent overdose.

Kenneth Eugene Kern, 51, and Kathleen Elizabeth Hoehn, 28, both of the 800 block of Main St. in Hampstead, are each charged with two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana; two counts of possession of CDS paraphernalia; one count of possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, narcotic; and one count of possession of CDS administration equipment, according to electronic court files.

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As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kern was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $10,000 bond and Hoehn was being held on $7,500 bond, according to the court files.

Hampstead Police officers responded to Kern and Hoehn's home in June after a medical call for cardiac arrest was reported, according to charging documents.

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When police arrived, a female was unconscious and showed signs of a heroin overdose, according to the documents.

Hoehn and Kern were in the residence and allegedly told police the overdose victim was a heroin user. Police saw a straw with suspected heroin residue on it near where emergency medical personnel were treating her, according to the documents.

Officers assisted in moving the overdose victim to the ambulance, and when they returned, the straw was missing and Hoehn, who had remained in the home, was seen moving around in the bedroom where the overdose occurred, according to the documents.

Hoehn asked police if she could retrieve items from the room, which she said she shared with Kern, and when she opened a drawer, police saw a needle in plain view, according to the documents.

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Hoehn told police the needle belonged to her mother, a diabetic, according to the documents.

Hoehn also gave police her purse and told them they could search it, according to the documents, and they allegedly found another needle, according to the documents.

While searching Hoehn's purse, police also allegedly saw several glass smoking devices with suspected drug residue and an additional needle in an open drawer of a bedside table, according to the documents.

Hoehn allegedly told police she snorted cocaine, according to the documents.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and executed it later the same day, finding needles, spoons with suspected heroin residue, paraphernalia with suspected cocaine residue, gel capsules containing suspected heroin and small glass tubes containing suspected crack cocaine, according to the documents. All items were located in the room Kern and Hoehn shared.

The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division tested the seized materials and confirmed that the capsules contained heroin and the glass tubes contained cocaine, according to the documents.

Warrants were issued Sept. 17 for both Kern and Hoehn, according to electronic court files. Kern was arrested Monday and Hoehn was arrested Tuesday.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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