Frederick County sheriff's deputies pulled nearly 200 grams of heroin out of a toilet drain during a search of a residence this week.
Deputies assigned to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office's Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement team — commonly referred to as the P.A.C.E. team — arrested Jesse Downs, 32, on two warrants at a trailer in the Crow's Nest Campground off Md. 77 in Thurmont at 8:45 p.m. Thursday.
Deputies arrested Downs on the front porch of the trailer, according to court documents. Downs' girlfriend, Rachel Ann Grimes, 23, and two others were in the trailer when the team took Downs into custody.
Deputies applied for a search warrant to scour the trailer after seeing a scale, plastic bags, a knife and several spoons with suspected drug residue on them in plain sight in the trailer. A judge approved the warrant at 11:25 p.m. for a thorough search.
About 2 to 3 feet down the toilet drain in the bathroom connected to the room Downs and Grimes shared, deputies pulled up a block of about 135 grams of heroin and another bag with an additional 61.5 grams, the documents state.
Additionally, deputies found about $937, mostly in $20 bills, on Grimes and $10,930 in cash was found in a jacket in Downs' and Grimes' bedroom, the document states.
Grimes was charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
Deputy First Class Amanda Hatcher, a Frederick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said that as of Friday, Downs was being charged only with the two active warrants and not drug charges in connection with Thursday's search.