On Feb. 15, authorities announced the arrest of a Havre de Grace doctor and his girlfriend in connection with a prescription drug investigation. The charges were filed on Jan. 31.
Baseball fans in Maryland and around the country may remember Esteban Loaiza starting the All Star Game for the American League in 2003. The right-handed pitcher lost only nine games that season while winning 21, but he made headlines of a very different sort on Feb. 9 when he was taken into custody on drug trafficking charges by police in California. A representative of the San Diego Sheriff's Department said that Loaiza was detained after deputies discovered 44 pounds of a white powder believed to be cocaine during a search of his Imperial Beach residence.
A 21-year-old man was arrested on drug charges in a traffic stop in Prince Frederick on Jan. 22. A local sheriff stopped a car near Sixes Road and Grays Road and found a man from Accokeek behind the wheel. The man provided his information, and the sheriff stated that he recognized a scent of marijuana coming from the car.
Maryland residents who are charged with possession with intent to distribute could face serious penalties. To be charged with this crime, three elements must be satisfied and two of them must be satisfied at the same time. First, it must be shown that a person was in possession of the drugs. Then, it must be shown that the person intended to distribute or sell them.
A Maryland man has been issued criminal charges after police searched his home and seized money and guns as well as drugs. The charges include weapons violations, possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and two counts of possession of drugs other than marijuana.
On Jan. 4, a Maryland man was taken into custody and charged with multiple drug crimes after authorities conducted two undercover drug buys from him. The 43-year-old was reportedly observed selling drugs to an undercover informant twice before he was taken into custody.
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.
Maryland authorities executed a drug bust at a daycare center located in Laurel on Dec. 10. During the bust, authorities reportedly discovered 600 grams of marijuana, cocaine and about $10,000 in cash.
On Nov. 17, a 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of selling heroin from her home in Elkton. However, the defendant's sister insists police have arrested the wrong person.
On Nov. 16, two Maryland residents were taken into custody after one was suspected of selling fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be lethal due to the fact that it is more potent than heroin.