Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention Reports August Success Through Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network
Coalition Members Arrest, Prosecute Violent Offenders and Disrupt Drug, Human Trafficking
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced another successful month for the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). During the month of August, coalition members used MCIN funds to carry out operations that targeted violent offenders and participants in drug and human trafficking organizations, leading to dozens of arrests and thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs taken off the street.
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 criminal organizations, including those that conduct drug, firearm, and human trafficking, as well as gangs.
“I want to echo Governor Hogan in saying ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to violent crime,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “Governor Hogan knows that every Marylander is fed up with repeat violent offenders who show no regard for life and instill fear in our families, friends, and neighbors. The law enforcement officers who are part of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network are stepping up to the challenge of taking these folks off the streets, and each arrest and conviction is progress toward making our communities more secure.”
Allegany County MCIN
Members of the Allegany County Narcotics Task Force carried out a month-long investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in Cumberland. The task force, with the assistance of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit, Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, Maryland State Police Cumberland Barrack, and Cumberland Police Department, executed a search and seizure warrant at a home in Cumberland. They seized crack cocaine that was packaged for resale, and arrested an 18-year-old man. The next day, law enforcement arrested a second 18-year-old man from Cumberland, along with a 24-year-old man from Baltimore. Police found large amounts of crack cocaine, Oxycodone pills, and cash. All three suspects are being held without bail on drug possession and distribution charges.
Anne Arundel County MCIN
Anne Arundel County Police conducted surveillance on a home in Severn after receiving a complaint about drug activity. Investigators observed a suspect leave the home and drive to a second location, where he engaged in a drug transaction. The suspect was arrested, and police found 11 Oxycodone pills in his sock. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of five grams of crack cocaine. The suspect also had a warrant for his arrest related to drug charges. Police executed a search warrant on the home and found:
More than 65 grams of crack cocaine worth roughly $6,500
Seven Suboxone strips
A second suspect was also arrested. Both suspects are charged with drug possession with intent to distribute.
Cecil County MCIN
The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office investigated and located a suspect after a shooting at a home in Elkton. The victim told detectives that a man showed him a handgun inside a bar in Elkton. He also said that he heard gunshots during a large fight outside of the establishment when it closed. The victim said he was shot in the neck as he walked into his home in Elkton, and he saw the same armed man standing at a nearby intersection.
By talking to witnesses, detectives were able to identify the suspected gunman as a 23-year-old man from Elkton, who matched a physical description given by the victim. The suspect is being held without bond and is facing attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and weapons charges.
In June and August, the Hagerstown Police Department carried out two operations focused on human trafficking and prostitution in Hagerstown. Police arrested 18 people as a result of those operations and the investigation into the criminal network involved is ongoing.
Montgomery County MCIN
Montgomery County Police Vice and Intelligence Unit initiated a five-month human trafficking investigation of Rose’s Spa in Rockville after receiving numerous complaints. The complaints indicated that Chinese immigrants, recruited from an area of New York known for human trafficking, worked at the spa. Surveillance revealed that workers were being housed in a condo, and that the owner of the spa was transporting those workers. Police say 21 male customers admitted to receiving an illicit sex act while patronizing the spa. Search warrants were served at the spa, the owner’s home, and the condo. The owner of the spa is facing multiple charges related to human trafficking, and police seized more than $400,000 from banks as a result of this investigation.
Montgomery County detectives helped prosecutors secure a conviction against a member of MS-13 in an assault case. The suspect admitted to stabbing the victim, who he claimed disrespected his gang. He pled guilty to first-degree assault and gang participation. He will be sentenced in October.
A 23-year-old member of the Spend Money Team Gang pled guilty to promoting a criminal gang, a felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Authorities say the suspect, who was already incarcerated, tagged his cell door with the letters “SMT.” He was sentenced to a 10-year suspended sentence and five years of probation. The suspect is now considered a person prohibited from possessing a firearm and was originally incarcerated for drug distribution.