Mount Airy couple accused of intending to sell cocaine, heroin near school

Mount Airy couple arrested after allegedly intending to sell cocaine, heroin while near a school

A Mount Airy husband and wife were arrested Friday after they allegedly sold heroin and crack cocaine to an undercover police officer out of their home near two schools.

Gregory Joel Richard, 32, and Tracey Jeanne Richard, 29, both of the 800 block of Main Street in Mount Airy, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute a narcotic, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute near a school, possession of narcotics, and multiple counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance that is not marijuana.

Gregory Richard posted $15,000 bond and Tracey Richard posted $7,500 bond Friday and were released, according to electronic court records.

According to a statement of probable cause, an undercover police officer sent Tracey Richard a text message on May 20 asking for a gram of heroin and 0.5 grams of crack cocaine for $200. Tracey responded with a message to the officer that her husband, "Joel," would make the transaction,

Gregory Richard met the officer in a parking lot and got into the undercover officer's car. Gregory Richard gave the officer two bags, one with a white rock-like substance in it and the other with a tan-colored powder substance, and the officer paid him, according to the statement.

After Gregory Richard left, the officer field tested the two substances, confirming them as heroin and cocaine, according to the statement.

Members of the Frederick High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police performed a search and seizure warrant at the Richards' home, which is less than 1,000 feet from both Mount Airy Elementary and Mount Airy Middle schools. Officers found 18.3 grams of heroin, 7.2 grams of cocaine and a digital scale with traces of heroin, according to the statement.

Police also found two pistols and two rifles in a basement gun safe. The guns were not registered to either Tracey or Gregory Richard, according to a statement of probable cause. No firearms charges had been filed as of 6 p.m. Friday, according to electronic court records.

Officers determined the street value of the heroin to be between $2,800 and $3,600, with the amount of cocaine found worth about $700 on the street. Both Gregory and Tracey Richard told a trooper with Maryland State Police they were selling the drugs, according to the statement.

Gregory Richard did not responded to a call seeking comment as of 6 p.m. Friday. A number listed for Tracey Richard was not in service.

Court dates had not been set for either of the Richards as of 6 p.m. Friday.


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