October 1, 2013

Narcotics Division Makes Arrests in St. Mary's County

The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations Narcotics Division arrested a 46-year-old man after they discovered an extensive marijuana growing operation. According to Southern Maryland Online, detectives executed a search and seizure warrant on the 46-year-old Lexington Park home and recovered plants in various stages of cultivation as well as completed products and manufacturing paraphernalia. The man has been charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Officers also arrested a 25-year-old woman for possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute and passing fraudulent prescriptions to obtain oxycodone.

Under Maryland law, there is a wide range of drug crimes that may be prosecuted. Some of the drug charges that can result in severe penalties, regardless of the type of drug involved, include drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, drug manufacturing, distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a false prescription.

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August 6, 2013

Defendants Allege Entrapment in Robbery Sting Operation

Five men face years of incarceration for an alleged elaborate robbery scheme that was entirely planned by law enforcement officers. According to a news report in The Baltimore Sun, the men were arrested for conspiracy to distribute drugs, robbery, and gun violations. Each of the suspects faces more than a decade of mandatory prison time, even though the planned robbery did not take place and never could have.

The men argue that they would not have considered such a robbery if it had not been suggested by the law enforcement officials who conducted the sting operation. The authorities, however, believe that the men are known offenders and that reverse sting operations are legal tools to ensnare difficult-to-catch criminals.

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July 18, 2013

Baltimore Police Arrest Three People for Armed Robberies

A 38-year-old man and two juvenile females have been arrested after a pair of armed robberies that took place in the Towson area of Baltimore. According to a Towson Patch news report, a man was robbed at gunpoint near the York Road and Regester Avenue intersection of Baltimore County.

The victim of that robbery gave a description that matched that of a suspect from another nearby robbery. Officials tracked down the suspects and pursued them on foot with the help of a police dog. The 38-year-old man faces many charges including armed robbery, using a handgun to commit a crime, resisting arrest, causing harm to a law enforcement animal, and firearm possession with a felony conviction. It is unclear what charges the two juveniles are facing.

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July 11, 2013

Great Mills Mother Charged with Drunken Driving in California

A 25-year-old woman of Great Mills faces a number of charges after being pulled over for erratic driving including DUI (driving under the influence) and neglect of a minor. According to a Southern Maryland News Net report, the alleged DUI incident occurred on Route 235 south of Route 237 in California.

A trooper allegedly observed her traveling at a high rate of speed, making a U-turn, and then continuing through a red light. During the traffic stop, she was unable to locate her license or registration and allegedly smelled of alcohol. She agreed to take a preliminary breath test which showed a result of .16. Following the test she was placed under arrest for DUI/DWI. She also faces charges for neglect of a minor and confining an unattended child because her two-year-old was at home without supervision at the time of the arrest.

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June 27, 2013

Series of Drug Crimes Reported in Calvert County

Courtesy of Maryland State Police Reports for Calvert County and published by somd.com on June 12, 2013, the Prince Frederick Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) has released the following reports of drug crimes:

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June 26, 2013

Charles County Robbery Suspect Arrested and Charged

According to Maryland State Police Reports for Charles County and published by somd.com on June 19, 2013, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has released the following arrest report.

On June 10, a robbery of a convenience store occurred in La Plata. In the process of conducting the robbery, the suspect allegedly demanded money from the convenience store clerk while implying that he had a handgun. He then allegedly fled from the scene of the robbery before officers arrived, but not before having had his image captured by video surveillance.

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June 20, 2013

Charles County Drug Arrests Include La Plata Hit-and-Run Driver

Charles County sheriff’s deputies responded on June 10, to a La Plata daycare center after receiving a report of a hit and run crash nearby. The daycare center was located in the 12100 block of Charles Street. In the area where the daycare center’s children were being picked up by parents, a woman driving a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck was allegedly observed backing into a porch awning support post and then fleeing the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

Officers were able to locate the suspect’s truck. An investigation led them to the driver’s residence. At that residence, officers were alleged to have found drug paraphernalia and heroin. The female Hughesville resident was arrested by Officer J. Squriewell, whose investigation continues. The woman, age 22, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 16 traffic offenses.

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June 18, 2013

NIJ Report: Ignoring Eyewitness Rules Results in Wrongful Convictions

According to a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report obtained by USA TODAY, the mishandling of witnesses during the suspect identification process is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions in the U.S. The majority of law enforcement agencies have not adopted federal guidelines that have long been in existence.

As reported by USA Today and published by Cincinnati.com on June 11, ignoring eyewitness rules results in wrongful convictions. A total of 75 percent of wrongful convictions which are later overturned through DNA testing are the fault of flaws in the eyewitness identification process. More than 300 convictions have been overturned through DNA testing since 1989.

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June 12, 2013

Maryland DNA Policy Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

As reported by thebaynet.com, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Maryland’s DNA Collection Act. In this past congressional session, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that repeals the ending of Maryland’s DNA law.

The Supreme Court’s ruling was on Maryland’s DNA case — Maryland v. King. Governor O’Malley said that the ruling by the Supreme Court is significant due to the fact that it legitimizes one important weapon against violent crimes in the state.

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June 7, 2013

Latest Assault Arrests – St. Mary’s County

As reported by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and published by somd.com, members of the Emergency Services Team of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office along with detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations apprehended a suspect who allegedly struck a Lexington Park victim in the head with a wooden object. The victim was taken by Maryland State Police helicopter to a regional trauma center with life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with first degree and second degree assault. Pending a review by the State’s Attorney’s Office, additional charges may be filed.

After receiving a report of an assault at a residence in Mechanicsville on Erin Drive, St. Mary’s County deputies responded and found that a 40-year-old Mechanicsville man had been in a verbal argument and had allegedly threatened to kill another male by aiming a loaded compound bow at the victim. The suspect fled but was soon contacted and arrested by the deputies. The suspect has been charged with assault first degree and assault second degree.

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June 5, 2013

Two Calvert County Recent Drug Arrests Made

The Calvert County criminal defense attorneys at the firm of Alpert Schreyer know that being charged with a drug crime is a serious matter that can impact your future for a lifetime.

As reported by Star983.com, a Calvert County deputy observed a subject stopped at a red light allegedly inhaling a substance from a glass smoking device. The observation occurred at 5:28 p.m. The Calvert County deputy was in the process of conducting seat belt enforcement at southbound Maryland Route 4 and West Dares Beach Road. After a traffic stop was made, both the driver, age 20, from Huntingtown and a passenger, age 19, from Chesapeake Beach were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana (amount less than 10 grams) and use of drug paraphernalia.

In a separate incident, a deputy witnessed a man in Solomon’s Roy Rogers restaurant who was allegedly having trouble maintaining balance and stumbling in an attempt to get up from his seat. The deputy made contact with the subject, age 28, suspecting he was under the influence. The man was reportedly discovered by the arresting officer to be in possession of illegal drugs. The man was placed under arrest and charged with possession of heroin and the use of drug paraphernalia; a folded piece of paper used to store the heroin.

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May 29, 2013

Recent Drug Arrests — St. Mary’s County

As reported by SMNewsNet.com, detectives recently received a report that a Mechanicsville man was involved in the distribution of crack cocaine. Undercover purchases were successfully made leading to the suspect being indicted and arrested. The accused was held without bond upon arrest.

Detectives reportedly observed a male suspect, age 30, from Mechanicsville distribute tablets to another male, age 17, in a local business’ parking lot. The Oxycodone tablets that were allegedly exchanged along with the money were recovered, as was a prescription that had been altered. The subject who distributed the tablets was arrested and charged. Charges are pending against the male juvenile who received the tablets during the transaction.

A Piney Point area traffic stop was conducted by Captain Daniel Alioto, who was off duty at the time, and contact was made with the driver. Captain Alioto detected the odor of burnt marijuana. A vehicle search uncovered a smoking device, an amount of marijuana, and several oxycodone tablets. The suspect was charged with drug possession upon the arrival of the Vice Narcotics Support Team Deputy.

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