Police arrest 3 on drug charges near deadly Shady Side drug market

Phil Davis
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Police have arrested three people in Shady Side on drug and weapons charges, part of an investigation into an open-air drug market in south county where two people were shot to death last year.

John and Kimberly Simms, of Shady Side, as well as Kristina Demoucelle, 33, of Huntingtown, were arrested Nov. 30 after police raided the Simmses’ home on Nick Road.

Police said they found about 12 grams of heroin, 60 grams of PCP, 51 pills of Oxycodone, a stolen handgun and various paraphernalia at the Simmses’ home.

Nick Road crosses Scott Town Road, where Leslie Michael Smith, 48, and Linda Lynn McKenzie, 44, were gunned down in June 2017. Kirk Matthews, 57, of Shady Side, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in what police said was a violent effort by the drug enforcer to quiet a bickering couple after a car accident.

In charging documents, police said they executed a surprise search of the Simmses’ house at 4:21 a.m. after being granted a search warrant by Circuit Court Judge Mark Crooks.

Officers found the drugs throughout the home. Inside the Simmses’ bedroom, police wrote they found small amounts of heroin, various paraphernalia and some unidentified pills.

But while that discovery didn’t top 2 grams, police wrote that a number of drugs and packaging materials were found in a shed outside.

Officers found a plastic bag containing 18 individually packaged heroin capsules, 59 pills “with the imprint of M/30” identified as 30mg doses of the opioid painkiller Oxycodone, a flip phone and a handgun reported stolen in Calvert County, charging documents show.

The Simmses were charged with drug distribution charges as well as weapons offenses. Neither have an attorney and are being held without bond following bail review hearings, court records state.

Demoucelle was charged with drug possession and released on her own recognizance, according to court records. She did not have an attorney listed as representing her.

The block the Simmses lived on was identified by prosecutors in the Matthews trial as an open-air drug market.

A surveillance camera placed in the area of June 2017 murders was originally installed by police on a utility pole to capture drug activity.

In that case, Matthews was convicted of killing the couple as he worked as a sort of enforcer for drug dealers in the region. Smith and McKenzie had an accident in the neighborhood and police said he didn’t want them to attract police.

John Simms was interviewed by police during their investigation into the double homicide, according to court records.

Lawyers for Matthews argued that prosecutors relied on witness testimony from drug dealers in the area who might have had ulterior motives in the case.

A spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

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