St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Charged with Murder

September 30, 2019
Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California

Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California

In May of 2018, Christian Scott Ellis, 25 of Leonardtown, died of a Fentanyl overdose.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division conducted an investigation into Ellis’ death, and identified Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California, as the distributor of the fatal dose to the decedent.

The investigation determined the distribution of Fentanyl occurred in St. Mary’s County.

In September of 2019, in collaboration with St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz, a Circuit Court indictment for the arrest of Duncanson was obtained through the Grand Jury. On September 26, 2019, Duncanson was located in Baltimore and arrested. Duncanson was charged with the following:

  • Murder Second Degree
  • Murder Second Degree-Depraved Heart
  • CDS: Distribution-Not Marijuana
  • CDS: Knowingly Distribute-Not Marijuana
  • CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana

Duncanson is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown on a no bond status.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office continues to aggressively pursue those involved in the distribution of opioids in our community. If you or a family member lives with a substance abuse condition, we urge you to get help. The following link to the St. Mary’s County Health Department provides tools and resources to understand treatment options available.

Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California

Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 24 of California

32 Responses to St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Charged with Murder

  1. Closet Lib on September 30, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Oh great, we have to support him while in prison. When he gets paroled in 6 months the tax payers can look forward to more bills because he can’t find gainful employment. Thanks for the wise choices you have made.

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      Better that than another person dying from the drugs he is selling!!

    • Bonnie Meehan on October 9, 2019 at 8:27 am

      This is very sad, I met this young man while visiting a family member in a rehab facility. He was released after serving close to a year in jail after trying to save his close friends life and he himself calling 911! He is a very nice, smart, remorseful young man and has been working and living a clean, honest life since this time! It seems to me the District Attirneys office would be better suited to look for the real criminals on the street instead of trying to make an example out of this nice young man!

      • Bonnie Meehan on October 9, 2019 at 10:42 am

        Oh is it an election year?

  2. Ugh on September 30, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Damn Dunks was actually pumping something? I find that hard to believe.. most likely was middle man in the situation. Still don’t think Christian would want him to be charged with murder regardless. This is just a sad situation all the way around.

  3. Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Maybe he’s trying to help get rid of the Drug problem.

  4. Anonymous on September 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Finally they’re going after the dealers instead of the addicts. Eliminate the source and you’ll have a lot less addicts. The question is, how long will they keep that scumbag locked up? One can only hope that his charges are not reduced to involuntary manslaughter and he gets out in less than 10 years.

    • The Emperor's New Clothes on October 1, 2019 at 6:52 am

      This is wrong. Unless the proven intent was to murder, the charge is bogus.

      Just because they have insufficient penalty for drug distribution, in no way justifies charging the dealer with murder.

      The whole justice system is now a pile of $hit, layer upon layer of “if, ands, and buts”.

      Simplify this mess – and get back to order, decency, and basic laws that are clear cut – AND THEN hand out some TRUE PUNISHMENT and recreate lost JUSTICE!

      Call it what it is – NOT what you can stretch it into.

      Then slap the lawyers that have turned the court room into a theater, along with the judges who fail to sentence convicted offenders to REAL punishment for crimes committed.

      But don’t create some new trend of calling dealing drugs “murder” – unless the dealer knew the first use of the drug kills, and intended for the buyer to dies when using it. That would be murder.

      This is just a bid to get cheers form the crowd lulled to sleep by the low noise of constant ho-hum drug violator tolerance emitting from the dockets.

      • Queen of the Iron Throne on October 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm

        Dear Emporer,

        Look up the legal definition of “depraved heart” murder.

    • Jeff Spicoli on October 1, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Except that the addicts will still be here draining our society of it’s ambition.

    • Whocares on October 1, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Yeah because the people taking the drugs are innocent victims….

      • Not takin up for em - just saying on October 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

        No not vics – they are dregs of society – but just not all murderers.

    • Andrew on October 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

      So we’re in favor of not going after the addicts? Because if it weren’t for dealers out there, people wouldn’t allow themselves to abuse drugs??? I hope that’s not what you’re insinuating, because they’re both trash and should both be locked up. People are too quick to point the blame at anyone but themselves for their drug habits, or their friend’s/family’s drug habits. No one shoved drugs down their throats….. so keep locking them both up and clean up the streets. Great Mills Rd looks especially trashy this time of year, I noticed, with a bunch of obvious drug addicts (some currently strung out) hanging along the side of the road in the afternoons. This crap is a problem and more needs to be done about it.

      • Jason Paulos on October 2, 2019 at 1:26 am

        Your lack of a necessary basic emotion called empathy to call drug addicts “ trash” is frightening and nothing short of sociopathic. It suggest by calling a human being with a clinically recognized disease “trash” that you do not understand that one who becomes physically dependent on a substance has a matter of choice to not use. You share the same neurosis as and grandiose traits as that of a serial killer. Congratulations you are supporting a problem “throwing away” human life, versus supporting a solution, recognizing addiction as a medical disease and embracing those suffering from it.

        • Go light JP on October 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

          Woe there libby……

          I am certain that they shouldn’t be called murderers unless they murder,

          But don’t start with that “disease” BS.

          The choice to use drugs is individual decision – not a bug, virus, or genetic disorder.

          Stop excusing people’s behavior and hold them responsible and you will see society improve tremendously.

          Yes – addiction of drugs is physical, but it was also a choice at one time.

    • A guy who knows how it works. on October 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Unfortunate he is a low level dealer/addict. Not even really a dealer. Just small time to support his habit. Usually the people strung out will also sell to support it. Really they ( we) want the guy who HE buys it from… aka the d boy in Baltimore or Annapolis who doesn’t have a habit and lines junkies up all day and night. This guys is mostly just a source for those who don’t have the connections

      • Anonymous on October 3, 2019 at 5:41 am

        And now charged with murder.

        (you left that out – Mr. “Guy, who knows how it works”).

    • Anonymous on October 1, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Didn’t the federal government change the laws just to increase the penalties for simple possession of drugs to a 5 year minimum sentence when the demographic of addicts was different in the 80’s and 90’s? My, how the tables have turned and now everyone is sympathetic to the junkies. Lock them up too.

      • Anonymous on October 4, 2019 at 5:51 am

        Are you insinuating that the federal government is racist because these junkies are white and in the 60s and 70s the black community was the junkie? If you want to be mad, be mad at your own race. These black communities that we’re flooded with heroin, were done so by their own race. Frank Lucas, Bumpy Johnson and Nicky Barnes. Educate yourself before you start blaming the white man.

  5. ByGolly on September 30, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    I guess Justin Gates got away with this one. Bars are greased when he in jailed. Probably in Delaware now

    • Illiteracy rules in SOMD on October 1, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Yeah – “when he in jail”

      Yuk Yuk.

  6. Queen of the Iron Throne on October 1, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Didn’t they try prosecuting dealers on murder charges a few years ago? Seems to me that they were unsuccessful back then.

  7. Duh on October 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

    But this cant be, only guns can commit murder…

    • Anonymous on October 1, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Drugs and guns both are used in a similar manner in cases like these. This is suicide being blamed on someone else. When you choose to willingly ingest a drug that you know has the potential of killing you, you are playing Russian Roulette every time and still do it anyway.

  8. Anonymous on October 1, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    This is not murder.

    • Queen of the Iron Throne on October 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Read the defintion of “depraved heart” murder. That is what he is charged with.

    • Anonymous on October 2, 2019 at 9:38 am

      The depraved heart charge is arguable. I don’t think he is guilty of standard second degree murder. There are some prerequisites that he doesn’t satisfy. My guess is the states attorney will offer a plea deal for involuntary manslaughter. He’ll receive a fine and have a 5 year suspended sentence with 5 years probation. For the drug charges, probably about the same running concurrent.

      • Judge on October 4, 2019 at 7:11 am

        Nobody cares what you “think”, Anony.

        Now go sit down and snap your keyboard in half.

  9. Joe on October 3, 2019 at 6:47 am

    While I don’t agree with the “murder” aspect of the term I do agree that the seller of the fentanyl showed indefference towards the welfare of others. I think sentencing should follow manslaughter guidelines. At any rate, screw him and the addicts, they’re a burden on society.

  10. Anonymous on October 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Last I saw Dunc he was off to rehab (to finish jail time). He said himself that it would not work. This is a real dumbass move, however.

  11. Anonymous on October 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I think we all need to stop judging one another drugs are a problem and these people need help but to charge this man with muder I disagree they could both use the same drug but some don’t know what they are doing so let’s try to help these drug abusers This Whole World needs Help

    • Rob Stark on October 8, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Punctuation is your friend!