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Maryland man and woman accused of selling heroin in MD and Franklin County

Chauncey Coates   Amanda Groh

Chauncey Coates Amanda Groh

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. – A Maryland man and woman are behind bars on drug charges following an investigation by federal, state and local police in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The arrests of 38 year old Chauncey Varasee Coates and 32 year old Amanda Renee Groh, both of Hagerstown, follow an investigation into the distribution of heroin in the City of Frederick, Maryland.

Coates was identified by investigators as the suspect supplying heroin to drug users in Frederick.   Officers spent 2 days locating and following Coates after he returned from New York City with a supply of heroin.

The investigation led officers to Hagerstown and subsequently to Green Castle, in Franklin County where Coates was located at a Super 8 motel in Antrim Township. Officers conducted surveillance on the motel and then followed Coates and Groh when they left the hotel and headed for Frederick.

With the assistance of Maryland State Police, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle the couple were riding in.  A Frederick Police K9 Team responded to the scene of the traffic stop and gave a positive alert to the presence of a narcotic odor coming from the vehicle. The vehicle and suspects were searched and 25 grams of suspected heroin was recovered.

Frederick Police Drug Enforcement Unit members then returned to Green Castle, and enlisted the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police as well the Franklin County Drug Task Force. A search warrant was completed and executed on Super 8 motel room 127 that had been occupied by the suspects. During this search warrant an additional large quantity of suspected heroin, a digital scale, packaging material, marijuana and cash were recovered.

Charges against Coates include Distribution of Heroin, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin, and Possession of Heroin.  Groh is charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of Heroin and Driving with a Suspended/Revoke License.

They also face charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Marijuana Possession in Pennsylvania. Both suspects are being held in Maryland on those charges.