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.
In late April, a federal judge sentenced a Maryland man to 35 years in prison for distributing drugs and participating in a murder on behalf of the notorious MS-13 gang. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.
A 16-year-old Maryland teen has been indicted as an adult for allegedly brining marijuana-infused brownies and a handgun to a school in La Plata. The indictment was handed down by a grand jury on March 22.
The Maryland State Police have reported that a routine traffic stop in Wicomico County on the evening of March 22 led to the discovery and seizure of a semi-automatic handgun and more than 12 pounds of marijuana. A 30-year-old man has been charged with marijuana possession, marijuana possession with the intent to distribute and possessing a firearm while prohibited in connection with the gun and drugs.
Television viewers in Maryland familiar with Mama June Shannon, who has appeared in the programs "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Mama June: From Not to Hot," saw in her headlines recently after she was arrested at an Alabama gas station. A press conference presented by the Macon County Sheriff's Office informed the public that she and her boyfriend had been involved in an apparent domestic violence incident. When deputies responded, they discovered that the 39-year-old reality television star appeared to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The sheriff's office awaits laboratory results to confirm that the substance was cocaine.
When March 1 began, Alex Collins was a member of the Baltimore Ravens. However, before the day was over, he was waived from the team for facing drug and gun charges.
A routine traffic stop in Maryland on Feb. 22 led to the discovery and seizure of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription medications worth more almost $40,000, according to a report from the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Two brothers have been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. The Odenton men have each been charged with multiple counts of drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute.
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.