Ocean City traffic stop leads to 10 year prison sentence, drug charges

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – A Dagsboro man will spend the next 10 years behind bars, after he was found with more then 250 baggies of heroin on him in Ocean City.

A Worcester County jury found James Tankard guilty of possession with intent to distribute heroin, on Thursday.

The 29-year old was sentenced in the Worcester County Circuit Court by Brian D. Shockley to serve 15 years in the Division of Correction, with all but 10 years suspended. He will also be on probation for 3 years upon his release from prison.

The charges stem from a traffic stop in October of 2018 by the Ocean City Police Department’s Narcotics and Street Enforcement Unit. Detectives recognized Tankard was the passenger in a car that was driving in the area of 142nd Street. Police knew Tankard had an active warrant for his arrest so officers stopped the car, arrested Tankard and searched him.

The search revealed 261 wax baggies containing heroin with a total weight of more than 58 grams. Officers also recovered $775, which the Court ordered forfeited to police. Experts estimate the street value of the seized heroin at approximately $2,600.

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