Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention Reports June Success Through Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced another successful month for the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). In June, law enforcement agencies as a part of MCIN coalitions, targeted gangs, drug distribution, and other illegal activity. These efforts resulted in the arrest of dozens of violent and dangerous gang members, as well as the seizure of thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons, narcotics, and cash.
MCIN is a criminal justice strategy funded by the Hogan administration through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Announced by Governor Hogan in 2017, the MCIN strategy encourages local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information to target, disrupt, and dismantle gangs, as well as drug, firearm, and human trafficking operations.
“The work done by our law enforcement partners as a part of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network reflects the benefits of collaboration, strategic policing,, and information sharing,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “Law enforcement agencies are working together to protect the people of Maryland, and our quality of life. As a result, we are able to aggressively target criminal enterprises and deter them from taking root in our state.”
Members of the Annapolis Police Drug Enforcement, Patrol, FLEX, Intelligence, and K-9 units conducted an initiative in the Harbour House and Robinwood communities after reports of illegal drug sales and gun violence. Officers found a man involved in suspected illegal drug activity at Brashears and Monroe Streets and searched a vehicle he was standing against. Police say they seized more than $50,000 in illegal drugs including:
261 grams of suspected heroin
124 grams of suspected crack cocaine
44 grams of suspected powder cocaine
Five fluid ounces of suspected PCP
More than $1,100 in cash
Annapolis Police arrested the 60-year-old suspect for drug possession and possession with intent to distribute narcotics.
Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City MCIN
The Baltimore City Police Department’s Southern District Action Team alerted the Anne Arundel County Gang Unit to firearms in Anne Arundel County that could be used to commit acts of violence in Baltimore City. Members of the Anne Arundel County Gang Unit, Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted surveillance on a home on Patrick Henry Drive in Brooklyn Park and executed a search warrant on the home May 31. At the time, a 29-year-old woman was arrested and charged with weapons and drug violations. Police seized three firearms, magazines, and 279 grams of marijuana. Two days later, a second suspect, a 19-year-old man, was arrested in Baltimore City. Both suspects have confirmed gang affiliation.
Baltimore City MCIN
The Baltimore City Police Department’s East Side Major Case Squad began a multi-month investigation into a criminal organization known as J-30 Pay6acc Crips operating in Northeast Baltimore since 2013. During the four-month investigation, detectives identified and indicted 18 active members on gang and drug charges. On June 26, detectives served search warrants at 10 locations and took 14 people into custody. Authorities seized:
Ammunition and magazines
More than $40,000 cash
Cecil County MCIN
On June 13, the Maryland State Apprehension Team (MSAT) and the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit planned and executed a warrant apprehension initiative in Elkton, Maryland under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) grant.
MSAT found a man wanted by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office for violating probation on a felony assault conviction. He also had an open warrant in Maryland for assault, as well as warrants in Delaware for aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and harassment. MSAT found the man in Millsboro, Delaware, and took him into custody with help from the US Marshals First State Fugitive Task Force (Delaware). He will be extradited back to Maryland to face charges.
MSAT also assisted the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office in locating and apprehending four individuals police believe are responsible for an armed robbery of a convenience store in Conowingo. The final suspect in that case was taken into custody as investigators conducted surveillance on a home in Harford County.
MSAT investigators and members of the Gang Enforcement Unit observed a black Ford Mustang near route 40 in the Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood in Elkton, which is known as a high crime area in Cecil County. Investigators found neither person inside the vehicle owned it, and the 32-year-old driver had an open warrant for a traffic offense. He was arrested and released on his own recognizance.
MSAT investigators observed a 38-year-old woman, who is known to police, walking erratically in the area of Route 40 and Landing Lane. A warrant check revealed the woman was wanted for failure to appear in court for a theft charge. Investigators say she provided a false name when stopped, and was arrested. A search by a female deputy at the Cecil County Detention Center revealed:
.25 grams of meth
12 clonazepam pills
Two capsules of THC.
This suspect was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
The Hyattsville City Police Department and coalition partners teamed up for a series of targeted gang enforcement operations over the past few months. During this initiative, officers focused on criminal gang members with open warrants, individuals associated with gang activity, as well as areas known to be frequented by gangs.
The evening of April 25, officers arrested five people for a variety of charges including handgun possession, drug possession and assault of a law enforcement officer.
On May 3, police made eight arrests, in two incidents involving handguns and three known gang members. In one case, detectives say two known gang members were arrested when detectives found them hiding behind a business, and a loaded handgun was found nearby after a pursuit. A second incident involved a vehicle and foot pursuit. Police arrested one person and recovered a bag with 286 grams of marijuana inside. In the third case, a man was arrested with nine grams of MDMA (Molly), along with three pills of hydrocodone, and $1,805 cash.
May 24, officers made eight arrests and served two search warrants on suspected gang members, including individuals who belonged to MS-13. Officers seized cocaine, methamphetamine, and THC edibles.
During this operation, detectives recovered four handguns, several of which were in the possession of violent gang members with prior handgun arrests. Detectives made 21 arrests. Follow-up investigations are still underway as a result of this initiative.
Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit (St. Mary’s County)
On June 20, 2019, troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack, as well as investigators from the Maryland State Police Gun Enforcement Unit, and K-9 team worked a crime suppression initiative in St. Mary’s County. The initiative focused on Lexington Park because of a recent increase in criminal activity. During the five-hour operation, State Troopers stopped 49 vehicles. This led to Maryland State Police issuing 74 citations and making 12 arrests for open warrants, drugs, and driving under the influence.