April Success Through Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced law enforcement agencies across Maryland have targeted violent gang and illicit drug trafficking organizations utilizing the Maryland Criminal Intelligence (MCIN) model, and recorded more than 100 arrests for the month of April. 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, drug, firearm, and human trafficking operations.
“The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is a crucial tool for keeping Marylanders safe,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “Law enforcement agencies sharing information about the patterns and activities of criminal enterprises has resulted in hundreds of arrests of dangerous people believed to be involved in serious crimes that compromise our collective well-being. As more local, state, and federal partners join this collaborative effort, their hard work will no doubt yield significant progress in realizing Governor Hogan’s vision of a safer Maryland.”
Anne Arundel County Police
Two men were arrested April 1 on drug charges. The Anne Arundel County Police Quick Response and Northern Tactical Narcotics Teams served a search warrant on a home on Candlelight Lane in Glen Burnie where detectives seized:
21 baggies of crack cocaine
11.7 gram baggie of crack cocaine
458 grams of marijuana
Scales and packaging material
More than $3,000 in U.S. currency
A Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum revolver as well as ammunition
Baltimore City Police
Baltimore City Police collaborated with Baltimore County Police to serve three search warrants at homes in East Baltimore in connection with a drug arrest that included seizure of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The search warrant yielded a handgun, suspected heroin, marijuana, cash and suspected drug packaging materials. Three teenagers were targets of the arrest and two were already being held on charges related to other arrests.
Maryland State Police arrested a 50-year-old man in North East and charged him with intent to distribute a range of controlled dangerous substances and weapons violations. Maryland State Police served a warrant on the man’s home and recovered:
.25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and ammunition
The Allegany County Narcotics Task Force, in conjunction with the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit, State Police Cumberland Barrack, Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, and Cumberland City Police Department arrested four people in connection with a year-long investigation of a drug trafficking organization that stretched from New Jersey to Allegany County. Detectives executed search warrants at two locations in Allegany County and seized:
Suspected drug packaging materials
A large amount of U.S. currency
Suspects in this case are facing a number of charges including drug possession and possession with intent to distribute. More charges are pending.
Maryland State Police worked with the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and the Anne Arundel County Police Gang Task Force to suppress illegal drug and gang activity in Cumberland. The two-day initiative led to:
50 traffic stops
Two people arrested for marijuana
12 arrests after K-9 unit scans of vehicles during traffic stops
Seven people arrested for open warrants
Authorities also seized:
68 grams of cocaine
50 grams of heroin
14 grams of crack cocaine
Two illegal firearms
Dorchester County and Salisbury – Operation on the Lam[b]
Multiple law enforcement agencies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore worked together to carry out Operation on the Lam[b]. This operation focused on reducing drug and gang activity in Dorchester and Wicomico Counties, as well as apprehend wanted fugitives in that area. Operation on the Lam[b] resulted in 107 arrests, two of which were for driving under the influence. This enforcement effort included:
Maryland State Police
Salisbury Police Department
Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office
Delmar Police Department
Fruitland Police Department
Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office
Cambridge Police Department
Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office
Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office
Operation on the Lam[b] also received assistance from the Maryland Division of Corrections, Delaware State Police, Delaware Division of Corrections, Homeland Security Investigations and the Eastern Shore Information Center [ESIC].
Hyattsville Police Department
Hyattsville Police Department worked with Prince George’s County Police Department and police in Stafford County, Virginia to arrest six people in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old boy. Investigators say the teenager was killed inside of a home on Varnum Street in Landover Hills, and his body driven to and dumped in a remote area of Stafford County, Va.
A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and suspects are all members of an MS-13 clique operating in Fairfax County, Va. Investigators believe they all traveled to Prince George’s County to attend a meeting at the home of a clique leader, and the 16-year-old was attacked and killed during that meeting. The suspects, ranging in age from 16 to 26-years-old at the time of their arrests, are all charged as adults with first-degree murder and a number of other offenses.
Maryland State Police (Charles County)
Troopers in Charles County collaborated with Homeland Security Investigation unit and Charles County Sheriff’s Office to arrest 34-year-old Anthony Robinson of Waldorf on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Task Force coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This is a combined law enforcement effort by police departments across the state of Maryland that seeks to identify those involved with child pornography on the internet and other crimes that victimize children.