News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

In May of 2018, Christian Scott Ellis, age 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, age 24 of California, Maryland 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.  http://www.smchd.org/BHtreatment/


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...