Prince George's County police have arrested two men in connection with an alleged outdoor drug market, known locally as "The Yard." According to reports, authorities raided the secluded compound after receiving tips about drug activity on the premises. Once there, police secured nearly 400 rocks of crack and eight guns. Only two people were arrested for drug possession, although there were approximately 30 others congregating at the premises.
Prosecutors allege the area was being treated as an open air drug market that attracted both buyers and sellers. The property's owners, meanwhile, staunchly deny such allegations. The 60-year-old twin brothers claim they have owned the property for years. While they host social gatherings on site, they deny any drug affiliations. Two men are facing multiple drug charges, however, neither of the men who own the property was charged with any crime.
This type of situation is not uncommon when it comes to drug crimes. Long ago, authorities realized that arresting drug users was merely a Band-Aid to the problem. To stem the flow of illegal drugs, police soon targeted those up the food chain. While this may be an astute strategy, it has led to unjust charges against those only tangentially related to drug activity.
Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys have helped these individuals defend against such charges. Moderate use of drugs or association with drug users should not mean a life sentence. Nevertheless, prosecutors may seek serious penalties for anyone associated with a targeted drug ring. As a result, the accused needs an experienced professional with expertise debunking the theories of the state.
Source: WUSA9, "PG police shut down drug market 'The Yard'," Scott Broom, September 24, 2014