More than 100 grams of heroin pulled from Thurmont toilet drain

Rachel Grimes

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. 

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(13) comments


dad of the year .


Great job FCSO. 200 grams is a lot of heroin (slightly less than 1/2 pound). I am glad that stuff is off the street and these people arrested. Thanks.


All they had to do was recover the evidence from the septic tank. Would have been much easier.

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I think you should volunteer for septic tank detail so the next time they can't get it out of the drain they can call you.

If the package had broken open it would have mixed with the contents of the septic tank. The states attorney could have stood up in court and said Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, here you have it, the evidence of this dastardly deed contained in a hermetically sealed mason jar, black water from the defendants septic tank laced with heroin. Pass it around and examine it closely, but don't drop it, the stench will be great, and we will have evacuate the courthouse.


I'll never understand what's so good about these horrible toxins young folks today put in themselves.


Heroin is much less harmful to the human body than alcohol.. Legalize it and save a lot of lives and money


I know there was a recent study that stated that alcohol was more harmful than heroin, but I believe bizness has taken it completely out of context. The report was speaking of the population as a whole not the individual's consequences.

There may be many more people in our society who abuse alcohol but the debilitating effect of heroin addiction on the human mind and body cannot be fairly compared to alcoholism. First, alcoholics may drink for many years, both socially and otherwise before the disease takes their mind and body; not so with heroin, just a few pushes of the needle and you're hooked, and hooked hard.. Don't take my word for it, go attend an open 12 step meeting in a drug/alcohol treatment center and listen to those addicts describe how their drug of choice took over their lives.

To believe that legalizing heroin would save just one life is laughable.

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Legal heroin would cost a fortune because it would have to be produced under FDA guidelines.


Call Roto-Rooter, that's the name....


200 grams is 7 ounces, or almost half a box of egg noodles in Thurmont terminology.


So *this* is why the question today was whether or not I'd think of hiding heroin down a toilet drain.




From an article in a different news source, Thurmont "Police say the prevalent drugs in Thurmont are marijuana, prescription and synthetic drugs. " and while discussing the heroin overdose deaths of two Thurmont young people the "Thurmont police say there is no indication that either of these two young people bought heroin in Thurmont; they (the police) have a concern with heroin users, not distributors. "

I hope this incident will shake them out of their dream world.

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