Three Maryland men have been taken into police custody for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise. A raid conducted by the Delaware State Police reportedly discovered more than 1,200 counterfeit items that the police state were being sold by the three men. The items included counterfeit items from brands such as Coach, Gucci and Louis Vutton. There were also replica sports jerseys, cash and a small amount of marijuana reportedly found at the property by the police. The marijuana has led to a drug charge for the possession of marijuana.
The Baltimore State Attorney's Office reported that a former area store manager was sentenced to two years of probation with a six-month suspended sentence for the distribution of synthetic marijuana or "spice" on April 2. He pleaded guilty to three counts of drug charges. According to Maryland law, the distribution of synthetic marijuana is illegal. Law enforcement personnel have been investigating the supermarket since May 2012, which was owned by the accused man's daughter. Questions arose about the store when a college student became sick after visiting there. Undercover officers bought the synthetic marijuana from the store owner on five separate occasions between May and June of 2012. They requested a search warrant and found the synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash. Officers from two separate agencies cooperated on the case to effect the arrest.
A pair of individuals face drug charges for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and additional related crimes. The male, age 32, and female, age 30, were held on a $100,000 bond and $50,000 bond, respectively. They could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. The Washington County Narcotics Task Force received tips from independent individuals related to the manufacture of methamphetamine in the residence. This confirmed other information that the male suspect had bought ingredients used to make the drug. They searched the home of the suspects and located lye, lithium, glass and plastic containers, ammonium nitrate, coffee filters, drug store receipts, lighter fluid and additional items related to the methamphetamine trade. All of these materials are commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
A roundup for drug offenses has culminated in the arrests of dozens of suspects by the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force. The investigation into the drug trafficking ring began in January 2010. Law enforcement officials found several distribution sources of various drugs throughout the county. During the three-year period, they confiscated heroin, cocaine, marijuana and pills valued at more than $1 million in addition to weapons and more than $600,000 in cash. The suspects face a variety of state and federal drug-related charges with penalties between five- and 40-year prison sentences. Six of the 71 suspects have been labeled as drug kingpins and face mandatory minimum prison sentences of 20 years. The kingpins are individuals who oversee the drug distribution in some capacity. When police attempted to take one of the kingpins into custody, he rammed his vehicle into an occupied law-enforcement vehicle. He faces attempted first-degree murder charges in addition to the drug charges.
Two men were sentenced on federal drug charges earlier this year for a drug distribution operation that crisscrossed the nation. The 136 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $13.6 million, was hidden in a load of strawberries and discovered after a routine traffic stop. In addition to the drugs, law enforcement personnel confiscated almost $300,000 in cash from one of the defendants. Several other men have pleaded guilty but have not yet been sentenced. According to official documents, the federal government also plans to keep more money confiscated in the case, including almost $3 million seized in cash from several homes and apartments. Cash was also taken from some involved individuals and from a U.S. Post Office location. In addition, almost $300,000 was confiscated from five separate bank accounts at four different banks. The government also confiscated seven homes owned by one of the co-defendants along with at least 12 cars. In addition, it confiscated numerous luxury jewelry items such as Gucci and Rolex watches.
Four people in Glen Burnie, Maryland, were arrested this week and charged with several drug-related crimes after police allegedly found drugs valued at thousands of dollars inside a home. The four men, ages 18 to 33, are facing the drug charges over the alleged discovery of marijuana as well as marijuana plants.
In the recent police reports listed in Maryland County, there were two arrests concerning drug possession or drug charges. The two individuals arrested were 18 and 19-years old. Neither arrest involved violent conduct of any kind.