A federal judge in Maryland recently sentenced a 47-year-old man to life without parole for trafficking heroin to Maryland from New York. The judge described the sentence as extremely severe and harsh but stated she had no choice because the prosecutors choose to seek the mandatory minimum sentence based on the man's previous convictions and the amount of drugs he was in possession of.
On Aug. 20, investigators served a search warrant on a residence in the 6200 block of Panther Court in Waldorf and allegedly discovered suspected black tar heroin, various prescription medications, more than 1,000 in cash and $42,000 worth of marijuana. In connection with the drug bust, a Waldorf couple is being accused of drug crimes for the second time this year. A man and a woman at the residence were taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A 26-year-old Maryland man was taken into custody by law enforcement personnel after reportedly attempting to escape from the deputy who was trying to detain him on Aug. 1. In addition to facing drug charges, the Edgewood man was allegedly wearing a bulletproof vest and concealed a 10-inch dagger on his person with a 5.5-inch blade, according to official paperwork. He also faces charges for assault and resisting arrest. Court documents indicated he was freed on $7,500 bond later that day.
A Maryland man was taken into police custody after the authorities determined that the man had entered a residence. According to the report, the man received multiple drug charges in addition to one count of first Degree Burglary and four counts of second Degree Assault.
Police recently arrested a 28-year-old Maryland man on drug possession charges after investigating him for slightly more than three months. They allege that several confidential informants told them that the suspect was the largest heroin dealer in the southern part of the state and told them where the man lived. The drug charges include heroin possession, possession of a large amount of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Eight Maryland men have been taken into custody under suspicion of drug charges. The arrests occurred after a search by the Dorchester County narcotics task force of a Cambridge apartment at 400 Cemetery Ave. The narcotics task force initiated the search with a search and seizure warrant and the search ultimately lead to eight people being taken into police custody. The police reportedly found a weapon and assorted drugs at the property which led to multiple drug charges.
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.
A Hurlock man was arrested on gun and drug charges after he allegedly knocked on random doors in Cambridge around midnight. Police arrested the 20-year-old after they were called to Peachblossom Avenue on a report of disturbances in the area. The drug charges stem from 35 grams of marijuana, a handgun and drug paraphernalia allegedly found on the accused man at the time of the investigation.
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.
An unforeseen emergency recently resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man after sheriff's deputies found him with a loaded handgun and a substance that appeared to be cocaine in Maryland. Law enforcement personnel arrived on the scene to help a Connecticut resident when the front end of his truck became partially submerged underwater. As the truck was being removed from the ditch, officers noticed a weapon holster and later found a loaded handgun and the substance resembling cocaine. He was arrested on weapon and drug charges. In an unrelated arrest, a 35-year-old man and 33 year-old woman from Virginia both pled guilty recently to possession of marijuana and received $250 fines and probation sentences of two years. After they were stopped for speeding, the officer could smell marijuana emitting from their vehicle. During a subsequent search, police found two baggies containing marijuana and took them into custody.