A routine traffic stop on the morning of Sept. 9 led to the discovery of marijuana and two loaded handguns according to a report from the Maryland State Police. A 23-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old teen were taken into custody in connection with the guns and drugs. The 23-year-old man has been charged with drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute. The 20-year-old man faces misdemeanor theft and weapons counts. The teen, who is being charged as an adult, has been charged with possessing drugs and a firearm.
On Sept. 4, a former Maryland resident pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges for transporting large amounts of marijuana into the state from 2003 until June 2009. He is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 8.
A narcotics investigation conducted by several Maryland law enforcement agencies led to the search of a Frostburg residence and the arrest of a 38-year-old man on Aug. 27. The Philadelphia resident has been charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of oxycodone pills with the intent to distribute. He was ordered to be held without bond when he was arraigned on Aug. 28 and is being held at the Allegany County Detention Center.
Federal prosecutors in Maryland have charged five individuals with distributing heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in the southern part of the state. The men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute. They each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the St. Mary's County and Charles County Sheriff's Offices and the Prince George's County Police Department.
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with possession of drugs with the intent to deliver for allegedly attempting to smuggle narcotics into Maryland's largest correctional facility. The woman was taken into custody on the afternoon of July 28 and released on her own recognizance the following day. Charges are pending against the man she is said to have been trying to pass the drugs to and who is serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder.
Maryland residents who watched the HBO series 'The Wire" will likely be familiar with Sonja Sohn. The 55-year-old actress played Detective Kima Greggs on the hit crime drama, but she found herself on the other side of the law following a routine traffic stop during the early morning hours of July 21. Sohn was taken into custody by police in North Carolina after cocaine and marijuana were allegedly found in her purse. She faces a felony count of cocaine possession and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In late June, two people were arrested in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle narcotics into Maryland detention centers. According to media reports, the drugs were discovered by correctional officers as the defendants tried to enter the facilities.
On May 28, a 60-year Maryland man was arrested on drug charges when authorities raided two housing complexes in Annapolis. The operation yielded approximately $50,000 worth of cocaine and heroin and more than $1,100 in cash.
In May, Maryland authorities busted a drug trafficking ring that was allegedly operating in and around Allegany County. The investigation resulted in the arrests of 17 people.
A 25-year-old man was taken into custody by police in Howard County and charged with 32 narcotics counts after drugs with a street value said to be in excess of $200,000 were allegedly discovered in his Elliot City apartment. According to local media reports, the investigation that led to the May 10 search and arrest was launched after a concerned citizen reported to a drug tip line in January that the residence was being used to store and sell drugs.