Lawmakers in Maryland legalized the medical use of marijuana in 2013, but the recreational use of the drug remains forbidden. Civil rights groups say that police disproportionately target black neighborhoods when enforcing the nation's narcotics laws, and Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby cited those arguments on Jan. 29 when she announced that she would no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases.
A narcotics investigation lasting several months led to the arrests of a 38-year-old Salisbury man and his 23-year-old girlfriend, according to police and prosecutors in Maryland. The couple was taken into custody without incident during the early morning hours of Dec. 15 when two apartments the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office believed were being used to sell drugs were searched by deputies. Media reports suggest that the apartments had been under observation by members of the WCSO Criminal Investigation Division for some time.
Possession with the intent to distribute is a serious crime that can apply to anyone in Maryland who intentionally has an illegal substance and plans to deal it. It's easier to understand this type of crime by breaking it down into different parts, the first of which is possession of a controlled substance. This particular charge goes beyond a person physically having an illegal substance in their hands or pockets. It extends to substances of this nature that may be in one's home or vehicle.
Maryland fans of rapper-singer Ty Dolla $ign, whose given name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., may be concerned to learn that he was indicted on drug charges in early December. The charges were handed down three months after his arrest in Fulton County, Georgia, in early September.
A sweeping narcotics investigation in Maryland has resulted in 17 indictments and the seizure of drugs with a street value of between $20,000 and $30,000 according to an announcement from the Talbot County Drug Task Force. The investigation focused on an Easton man who is alleged to have run a drug ring that distributed significant quantities of amphetamines, cocaine and opioid pills in bars and restaurants in Oxford, St. Michaels and Easton.
Reports of a woman passed out behind the wheel of her car on the afternoon of Oct. 29 led to drug possession charges for 31-year-old Maryland resident according to local media outlets. Emergency services workers say that the woman was alert when they arrived at the scene, but they called the Maryland State Police when she reportedly became combative and belligerent.
A 29-year-old man from Baltimore who law enforcement suspect of belonging to the Bloods gang awaits his appearance in court after a police search allegedly uncovered drugs and guns associated with him. The Maryland State Police took him into custody in Curtis Bay as part of the agency's effort to address crimes taking place in the region. In conjunction with local Anne Arundel County Police and the Department of Homeland Security, state police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4500 block of Pennington Ave.
An 8-month investigation into a Maryland drug ring has resulted in the arrests of 21 individuals who were allegedly involved. According to a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, nearly 2 kilograms of fentanyl were seized, along with varying amounts of cocaine and heroin, and more than 8 kilograms of xylazine, an animal tranquilizer that is cut with heroin.
Two people in Maryland are facing drug charges after police raids and searches allegedly found drugs at their homes. The 35-year-old man from Hanover and the 44-year-old woman from Jessup were arrested on Oct. 4, by Anne Arundel County Police. In Jessup, the police allege that they found money and digital scales for packaging and weighing drugs in addition to controlled substances themselves.
A routine traffic stop on Interstate 81 on the morning of Sept. 20 led to the discovery and seizure of almost 12 pounds of marijuana and 950 anti-anxiety pills according to the Maryland State Police. Reports indicate that a 26-year-old New York man was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the haul. He is said to be being held without bond at a Washington County detention facility on drug possession with the intent to distribute charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 17.