2 Held After Drug User Dies

August 14, 1991|By Michael James | Michael James,Contributing writer

A suspected drug dealer and his girlfriend have been charged with administering lethal injections of heroin to a Sykesville man, who diedAug. 3 of a possible overdose outside a local bar, Howard County police said.

William Sterling Dubbert, 31, of the first block Pacton Road in Baltimore, admitted injecting the Sykesville man and another man outside Duke's Place bar in Sykesville, court records said.

Also arrested yesterday was Katherine Ann Cobak, 25, of the 2800 block Diamond Ridge Road in Woodlawn, Baltimore County. Cobak allegedly helped inject the two men after they purchased the heroin from Dubbert, police said.

Pronounced dead in the parking lot of the bar was Dennis Gerard Seal, 34, the owner of Seal Trucking Co. in Sykesville.

Seal's companion, T. J. Bowling Jr., 31, of the 2500 block Hobbs Road in Glenwood, Howard County, was found unconscious next to Seal when police arrived about 8 a.m. Bowling, who required life-saving treatment at Howard County General Hospital, was released Friday.

Police are awaiting toxicology test results from the state medical examiner to determine whether the heroin injection killed Seal, said Detective Steven R. Greisz.

Both suspects could be charged with manslaughter if the tests show that Seal died from a heroin overdose, Greisz said.

Dubbert, who confessed to selling the men the drug, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and reckless endangerment. Cobak faces the same charges, police said.

Dubbert was being held yesterday on $50,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center. Cobak was appearing before a District Court commissionerlate yesterday afternoon.

The reckless endangerment charge stems from Dubbert's admission that he and Cobak injected the two men with the drug, exposing them to a life-threatening risk, police said.

Seal, who lived in the 6200 block of North Walnut Avenue, and Bowling had been drinking heavily at Duke's Place, police said. Witnesses sawthe two men together in the parking lot after the bar closed at 2 a.m.

Police said they received information from Bowling's family last week that Dubbert had helped the two men inject drugs.

A sting operation was set up, in which the family member contacted Dubbert three days after Seal's death and arranged to buy heroin, court records said.

The transaction was monitored by Baltimore County police, who listened as Dubbert told the family member that he had helped Seal and Hobbs use heroin on Aug. 3, court records said.

Dubbert also told the family member, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it, I know everybody's mad at me."

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