Ocean City Today

Pair connected to dealing heroin

Ocean City police also find marijuana operation, silver bars and $52,000 in cash
By Katie Tabeling | Oct 09, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) A Worcester County grand jury indicted two Bishopville residents last week for crimes connected to dealing heroin and marijuana in Ocean City and throughout Worcester County.

Socrates G. Pikounis, 52, is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, marijuana, plus 11 other drug related charges and two counts of child endangerment. Brenda L. Pikounis, 54, is charged with ten drug related charges and two counts of child endangerment.

The investigation into Socrates Pikounis started in 2016 after a resort resident tipped off police to his alleged activities.

In August, officers executed searches on Pikounis’ residence in the 11700 block of Back Creek Road in Bishopville and various other undisclosed locations in Worcester County.

Police also stopped Pikounis on Aug. 9 in the area of the Route 90 and Route 113 junction north of Berlin. In the car’s center console, police found suspected heroin.

Pikounis was arrested on the spot, and he apparently admitted to police that he was selling heroin across the county.

Following the arrest, police executed search warrants on properties connected to Pikounis, eventually locating more than 200 baggies of heroin, roughly 90 jars of marijuana, thousands of manufactured marijuana products, like edibles, and a handgun.

In addition, police seized roughly $56,000 in cash, plus gold coins and silver bars valued at $2,500. Four cars were also seized.

OCPD Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said that the Pikounis’ indictment is another step forward Worcester County’s fight against drug trafficking.

“Not only do we have a heroin dealer in custody but detectives seized a very large amount of marijuana and manufactured marijuana products,” she said. “All of that will be destroyed and will never reach our population.”

Trials are scheduled in January.

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