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3-month drug investigation results in numerous arrests

On Dec. 19, it was announced by Maryland authorities that at least 20 individuals were charged in connection with drug offenses following a three-month operation in Ocean City. Further, authorities said that more than $80,000 in drugs were seized as a result of the operation.

The operation reportedly began in September. Undercover officers met with one Baltimore man multiple times throughout the investigation to purchase cocaine and heroin. They reportedly attempted to take the man into custody on Dec. 1, though he fled in a vehicle, striking a police car while leaving the scene. Authorities said that, as the man drove away towards Ocean City, he threw a bag out of his car. The bag burst open when it hit a chain link fence. He was eventually taken into custody after driving the wrong way down a one-way street and crashing into a median.

Police said that the authorities began to serve search and seizure warrants on Dec. 13. Among those taken into custody were two 39-year-old Salisbury men who allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers. All of those accused of being involved in the drug organization were facing charges for distributing heroin, marijuana, cocaine, alprazolam and other drugs in pill form.

During large-scale undercover operations, numerous individuals may be taken into custody on serious drug charges. In some cases, an individual who accused of being involved in the organization may be accused of something he or she did not do. A criminal defense attorney may review the methods and procedures the authorities used to gather evidence against the accused person. If the authorities violated the person's rights at any time or executed an illegal search and seizure, the attorney may move to keep the evidence out of court.

Source: Delmarva Now, "$80K in drugs, 21 dealers taken off Ocean City streets, police say", Rose Velazquez, 12/19/2017

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