He’s also linked to an overdose death.
Frederick, Md (KM) A stiff prison sentence was handed down on Wednesday to a Frederick man who provided drugs to another person who died of an overdose. In Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge Julie Stevenson Solt gave Tracy Frost 40 years in prison with all but 25 years suspended. After he’s released, Frost, 46, will be placed on five-years supervised probation.
State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says Frederick Police were dispatched to a home on East 2nd Street on September 28th, 2017 for a suspected fatal overdose. “The scene indicated that the male had ingested heroin. A subsequent autopsy revealed that he died of a mixture of drug intoxication, including fentanyl and heroin. But it was a mixture of other drugs in his system as well,” says Smith.
The Frederick Police Drug Enforcement Unit began an investigation, and determined that Frost and Antonio Little, also of Frederick, had conspired to supply the heroin to the victim the night before.
Both men were arrested after selling heroin to an undercover police officer on October 5th, 2017. “A detective was able to make contact with Little and Frost. He acted in an undercover capacity and he actually purchased heron from Little and Frost,” Smith says.
Frost pleaded guilty on June 27th, 2018 to conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin for his actions in both incidents.
Smith says the State is satisfied with the sentence. “Drug dealers are killing people. And while we don’t have a statute on point to prosecute these offenders when heroin is the only reason for death, we are able to get substantial sentences and that’s what we got here today,” he says.
The State’s Attorney’s Office says in July, Little entered an Alford plea of guilt to distribution of heroin. Such a plea means that the defendant is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction. He’s expected to be sentenced later this month.
By Kevin McManus