Maryland man charged with felony drug offense, two others arrested in Paw Paw

An Oldtown, Md. man is being held on a $50,000 bond after being charged with transporting drugs into West Virginia, and conspiring to bring the drugs to a Paw Paw residence. Police say the man is a corrections officer with the State of Maryland.

Darrell C. Lavin, 29, was arrested on Wednesday, October 4 after Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Paw Paw address for a welfare check and found drugs in the residence. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, officers were responding to the residence on Dr. Randolph Spencer Drive after a video was sent to Child Protective Services showing a female overdosing on drugs. Lavin is accused of supplying fentanyl and other drugs to a female there.

Deputies Luke Shambaugh and Bradley Knotts were allowed inside the residence after some delay, and observed drug paraphernalia, marijuana and foil packets believed to contain methamphetamine, all out in the open.

Deputy Knotts also located a metal container with Suboxone strips and a capsule containing fentanyl.

The female, identified as Mackenzie R. Gocinski, 28, of Paw Paw, allegedly told police the container was hers. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Lavin allegedly admitted to bringing the fentanyl across the state line at Paw Paw.

A third person, James M. Flint, 22, of Cumberland was in the residence and told police the fentanyl caps had come into Paw Paw with Lavin, who was bringing them to Gocinski.

Flint was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released on a $5,000 bond.