Showing posts with label drug bust. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drug bust. Show all posts

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bishopville, MD. Man Arrested For Growing Pot

On August 10, 2012, the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence in Bishopville, Maryland relating to a marijuana cultivation investigation being conducted jointly by the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team and the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit. As a result of this search and seizure warrant a total of sixty-seven (67) marijuana plants were located in a wooded area adjacent to the residence. These marijuana plants ranged from one foot to eight feet in height.

Evidence was also recovered in this search and seizure warrant linking the suspect, Jason Vermillion, age 32, of Bishopville Md. to these marijuana plants. A search Vermillion’s residence also revealed thirty eight (38) grams of marijuana, numerous items of paraphernalia along with multiple firearms. Vermillion was placed under arrest and charged with the following offenses:

Possession of Marijuana
Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana
Manufacturing Marijuana
Possession of paraphernalia

Vermillion was subsequently committed to the Worcester County Jail on a $7,000.00 bond. The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team was assisted by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit, and the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office during the execution of this search and seizure warrant.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Press Release.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fugitives From October 6 Drug Sweep

I posted this a few weeks ago with the lists of those arrested during this drug sweep.  Unfortunately, law enforcement was not able to nab everyone they wanted so below are photos of the fugitives.  Maybe the public eye can spot these wanted men and help put them behind bars.

Leanna Caplan
EASTERN SHORE, Va. (WAVY) - More than 75 law enforcement officers converged on the Eastern Shore for a drug sweep that resulted in more than $500,000 worth of drugs seized and criminal charges on 43 people.

Law enforcement officers served the indictments, arrest warrants, and the execution of two search warrants on October 6, a news release from Virginia State Police said.

The Eastern Shore Drug Task Force, which consists of the Accomack and Northampton County Sheriff’s Offices and Virginia State Police, worked with the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Worcester County, Md. Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began in late 2009 with the DEA. Police said its purpose was to target primarily cocaine distributors on the Eastern Shore.

The initial step of the investigation was dubbed "No Refill," due to the overwhelming number of people that were charged with prescription drugs during this phase of the investigation.

During this phase, more than $5,000 in cash, nine firearms, two pounds of cocaine, more than 169 marijuana plants, 1263 grams of marijuana, five vehicles, seven grams of heroin, and an assortment of prescription drugs were seized.

The following individuals are still fugitives and wanted:

- Princeton Bragg, Pierre Brickhouse, Markee Kellam, Antonio Robinson, Deidron Kelley, and Sheicora Bagwell are all wanted on distribution of a controlled substance.
- Earl Elder is wanted on felony distribution of marijuana.
- Norris Malone is wanted on ABC violations.
- Johnathan Johnson is still a fugitive on federal charges related to cocaine conspiracy charges and gun trafficking charges.

Wanted: (Top row) Sheicora Bagwell, Princeton Bragg, Pierre Brickhouse,
(Middle) Earl Elder,
 Johnathan Johnson, Markee Kellam,
(Bottom) Deidron Kelley, Norris Malone, Antonio Robinson
Police departments in Exmore, Cape Charles, Parksley, Onley, Onancock, and Hallwood assisted with the investigation. Other agencies that assisted include Virginia Marine Police, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries-Law Enforcement Division, Virginia Probation and Parole, and Virginia State Police Melfa barrack.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Some Indicted In the Summer Drug Sweep Receive Their Sentence in Circuit Court

Honis W. Cane, III charged with counterfeit cocaine!!  WOW!  Wonder how he looks now in the drug world!!!  Looks like quite a few of these dealers have not been charged with the "lesser " of possession! - which is a pet peeve with so many people - but are looking at some time to be spent behind bars.  Most times these criminals get a slap on the wrist, a fine and sent out the front door!!  Not this time!!!
SNOW HILL -- A Pocomoke City man arrested in a major drug dealing sweep now faces charges that he was selling fake cocaine.

Honiss Webster Cane III, 40, of Pocomoke City was indicted on charges of cocaine possession and distribution along with 44 others in a midsummer sting in southern Worcester County. However, his drug charges have since been dropped, and Cane now faces charges of distribution of counterfeit cocaine. Cane is the son of the late Pocomoke City councilman of the same name.

Several others arrested in that law enforcement initiative have recently struck plea deals with prosecutors.

For several dozen more, trials are still pending between now and December.

Nine of the men agreed to plead guilty to cocaine distribution, and three agreed to plead guilty to distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in a school zone. Some were given fines and probation time by a judge, while others were sentenced to straight time, some as long as 10 years, and they'll be on probation after release.

Several of the men had other drug charges dropped when securing their plea deals.

Those indicted in the sweep who have pleaded guilty to crack or cocaine distribution charges, and have been sentenced in Circuit Court, are:

Joshua Pitts, 43, of Snow Hill, sentenced to 10 years.

Jamon Byrd, 27, of Snow Hill, sentenced to six years.

Martel Costen, 27, of Pocomoke City sentenced to six years and a $500 fine.

Clinton Waters, 39, of Snow Hill sentenced to five years and a $500 fine.

Stefan Allen, 31, of Snow Hill sentenced to 18 months and a $500 fine.

Breon Ayres, 20, of Pocomoke City sentenced to 18 months and a $500 fine.

Richard Williams, 36, of Pocomoke City sentenced to 18 months and a $500 fine.

Larry Davis, 21, of Snow Hill, sentenced to 18 moths and a $500 fine.

Earl Tull, 47, of Snow Hill sentenced to six months and a $250 fine.

Pleading guilty to distributing drugs near a school were Donald Sturgis, 29, of Pocomoke City; Antonio Wise, 39, of Pocomoke City; and Gabriel Hayes, 35, of Pocomoke City. Their sentences ranged from six to 10 years.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OCPD Narcotics Detectives And Wor. County CET Shut Down Drug Ring

A few weeks ago Worcester County Sheriff Reggie Mason spoke with numerous sheriff's within the county and state lines and pledged that they would all give "110 percent" to ridding the abundance of drugs in all of our communities. 

This time they didn't have to cross a county line OR a state line...... they just entered the city. 


Ocean City Police in cooperation with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Criminal Enforcement Team have for the past two weeks been arresting indicted suspects in connection with the illegal distribution of drugs in south Ocean City.

The investigation into the illegal activity began last December and over the past eight months detectives have made an estimated 40 hand-to-hand drug deals in OC, from 20 different suspects.

The drugs purchased include:  crack, powder cocaine, heroin, PCP, marijuana, ecstasy, oxycodone, buprenorphine, suboxone patches and clonazepam.

As a result of the investigation, police obtained grand jury indictments for the suspects charging them with 62 criminal charges.

As of today, 19 of the suspects have been arrested and police say they hope to arrest the last person shortly.

In December 2010, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit members conducted an investigation into to the illegal distribution of drugs primarily on the south end of Ocean City. 

Narcotics detectives worked in conjunction with OCPD patrol officers who had been aggressively enforcing illegal drug activity in this area for several months.  Because of the initial information obtained by patrol officers, narcotics detectives made numerous contacts with area residents, which led them to persons believed to be selling drugs.  Undercover detectives were able to make several undercover purchases of illegal drugs from various dealers. 

Over the last eight months detectives made almost 40 hand-to-hand drug deals in Ocean City and the surrounding area, from 20 different suspects.  The drugs purchased were: crack, powder cocaine, heroin, PCP, marijuana, Ecstasy, Oxycodone, Buprenorphine, Suboxone patches, and Clonazepam.

On August 23 of this year, as a result of this investigation, OCPD narcotics  detectives obtained grand jury indictments for 20  suspects. There were 62 criminal charges in this case. The charges included CDS Distribution, Conspiracy to Distribute CDS, Possession of CDS, and Distribution of CDS in a Drug Free School Zone.

Beginning August 31 OCPD Narcotics and General Assignment detectives as well as Worcester County Sheriff’s Criminal Enforcement Team (CET) began arresting the indicted suspects. A total of 19 arrests were made during the operation.  OCPD expects to have the remaining person in custody shortly. 

The Circuit Court preset bonds on the indicted suspects ranged from $25,000 – $200,000.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On- Going Drug Investigation ~ 3 More Arrests

Three people have been arrested in Crisfield as part of an on-going drug investigation by the Crisfield and Pocomoke Police departments. 

On Monday police went into a unit at the Somers Cove Apartments with a warrant and a search turned up nearly 116 grams of marijuana, $1370 in cash, scales and 2 BB guns.  Police arrested Rakeem Terry and Shannon Evans of Crisfield and Keevon Bishop of Princess Anne.  Each is being held in default of $15,000 secured bond.

As a part of an on-going Narcotics Investigation being conducted by the Crisfield Police Department with the assistance of the Pocomoke City PD. On August 22nd, 2011 the police departments raided a residence located at 257 Somers Cove Apartments / Crisfield Housing Authority accompanied with a signed Search & Seizure Warrant signed by the Honorable Judge Paula Price.

As entry was made several individuals attempted their escape via the rear back door only to be met by the Crisfield Police. The search warrant was based on probable cause received during the course of this (3) month investigation.  A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of several bags of marijuana totaling 115.9 grams, $1370.00 in U.S. Currency, drug weighing scales, 2 replica 45 handguns (BB guns), and (3) arrest to include the leasee of the apartment (See Photo).  The U.S. Currency will be forfeited to the City of Crisfield.

Arrested were the following:
Rakeem Kinderick Terry (See

Rakeem Kinderick Terry

Aka “Smoov”
257 Somers Cove Apartments
Charged with: CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute
CDS Distribution within 1000 feet of a school
CDS Possession of Marijuana
CDS Paraphernalia

Keevon Deangelo Bishop (See Photo)
12149 College Place
Princess Anne, Maryland

Keevon Deangelo Bishop
Charged with: CDS Possession with the intent to Distribute
CDS Distribution within 1000 feet of a school
CDS Possession of Marijuana

CDS Paraphernalia

Shannon Marie Evans
Shannon Marie Evans (leasee of apartment) – (See Photo)
257 Somers Cove Apartments
Charged with: CDS Possession with the intent to Distribute
CDS Distribution within 1000 feet of a school
CDS Possession of Marijuana
CDS Paraphernalia

All held on $15,000 secured bond.
This was an Outstanding drug bust, the Crisfield Police Department’s efforts are continuous.

This effort should send a strong message to those that are involved in the illegal drug trade that we working our way to the top of the food chain, and we are coming after you!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Seven More Arrested For Drug Trafficking In Pocomoke City and Crisfield

GREAT JOB!!  Keep going.  I'm sure there are plenty more of these scumbags out there.

CRISFIELD -- Seven people were arrested and three more are sought on warrants in connection with drug trafficking in Crisfield and Pocomoke City.

Police in both municipalities worked together on a three-month undercover investigation in which officers gained information on drug operations, said Crisfield Police Chief Mike Tabor.

A Crisfield officer worked in Pocomoke City, while one from Pocomoke City worked in Crisfield, he said.

More evidence is expected to be turned over to a Somerset County grand jury next week.

"This is going to be an ongoing thing," Tabor said.

Six of the suspects have been charged in connection with drug dealing in Crisfield and four in Pocomoke City.

All have been charged with distribution of drugs and related charges and were held on bonds ranging from $75,000-$100,000 each, Tabor said.

Arrested in Crisfield were Chance Ames, 19, of Crisfield, who is incarcerated at the Department of Corrections in Jessup; Andre Tyrone Fisher, 26, of Crisfield; Freddie Scott Laird, 35, of Tangier; and Janet Nicole Webster, 28, of Princess Anne.

Arrested in Pocomoke City were 20-year-old Breon Odale Ames, 47-year-old Vera Denise Byrd and Chris Lee Pittman, all of Pocomoke City.

Crisfield police have indictments for two more people, and Pocomoke City police are still seeking one more suspect on an arrest warrant.

The cooperation between departments has been extended to checkpoints and other initiatives, Tabor said.

On Friday night, the department was assisted by the Princess Anne and Pocomoke City police departments and the Somerset County Sheriff's Office to provide increased patrols in certain hot spot areas of Crisfield.

Six arrests were made on various charges.

"It makes a big difference," Tabor said of the patrols. "The weekend was crime-free."


Arrest Made In Berlin Raid

BERLIN, Md.- Authorities say a month-long investigation related to the distribution of crack cocaine in Berlin has led to the arrest of an 38-year-old man on a variety of drug charges.

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office said the probe revealed that Alford Hardy of Berlin was distributing various quantities of crack cocaine from a home on Dinges Road. On Friday, Aug. 5, police executed a search and seizure warrant at the home.

During the raid, Hardy was placed under arrest for distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of crack cocaine.

Hardy was locked up in the Worcester County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Maryland State Police– Berlin Barrack.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pocomoke City and Crisfield Drug Investigations and Arrests

There were lots of comments made a few days ago concerning the major drug bust in Pocomoke and the lack of  the Pocomoke City Police Chief Ervin or his officers during this gigantic raid.

Well, my friends,  maybe none of that police department was seen because they were off doing other important things........   

And if I am correct there was another drug bust in Virginia.  That bust was in continuance with a bust that occured in 2009.  I'll post that soon - once I get some things about it sorted out.

GREAT JOB !!  Pocomoke City Police Department and Crisfield Police Department! 

CRISFIELD — The Crisfield and Pocomoke City Police Departments working together on a three-month undercover drug investigation, gained a foothold into some of the closed drug shops that were running in both towns.

The investigation has culminated with the indictment and/or arrest of 10 individuals — six from Crisfield and four from Pocomoke City.

All have been charged with distribution of drugs and other multiple related charges.


Sheriff Reggie T. Mason - Letter To The Editor

I am proud of all the law enforcement officers who recently assisted the Worcester County Sheriff's Office in making major drug arrests in Snow Hill and Pocomoke City. Their professionalism was outstanding and their departments can be proud. We will continue to pursue drug dealers, and we will return -- again and again.

This is not just a one-time sweep. All of Worcester County will be done.

On Thursday, Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wicomico County, Sheriff Todd Godwin of Accomack County, Sheriff David Doughty Jr. of Northampton and I met with Virginia State Police, DEA and other agencies in Northampton County to discuss working together to track down these drug dealers crossing state and county lines.

Helping each other and sharing our resources, we will find them.

Our job as sheriffs is to protect our counties' residents. Together, we will give 110 percent.

However, we do need residents' involvement by making a call when they see drug activity on our streets.

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office Criminal Enforcement Team consists of members of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, Ocean City Police Department and Worcester County State's Attorney's Office. This team put many hours into this investigation and operating plan, and is to be commended for a job well done.

Special thanks to our Worcester County Commissioners, the Snow Hill Town Council and Mayor Bruce Morrison of Pocomoke City for being there with us to see what law enforcement encounters on these operations, and to the Accomack County Virginia Sheriff's Office for its participation.

Reggie T. Mason
Snow Hill


Monday, July 18, 2011

Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested After Running Over OCPD Bike Officer

A Pennsylvania man suspected of being a drug dealer has been arrested following a chase and search early this morning in Ocean City.

Police there say at a quarter to 2 this morning, bike officers tried to arrest Michael McGovern of Williamsport, Pennsylvania for selling an undisclosed amount of drugs to an undercover detective. That’s when they say the chase began on the Boardwalk at 19th Street, as McGovern tried to start his car and get away, hitting a bike officer and dragging him.

Police say he bailed out of his car on Marlin Drive and jumped into the canal off Herring Way. Police followed him up to 28th street, where he was eventually arrested.

McGovern has been charged with Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

On July 16, 2011, at approximately 1:47 am, Ocean City Narcotics Detectives assisted by both plainclothes and uniformed patrol officers attempted to place an individual under arrest for Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance to an undercover OCPD Detective.

During the arrest, the suspect identified as Michael Joseph McGovern, 30, of Williamsport, PA, fled from officers in the area of 19th Street and the Boardwalk.  A lookout for McGovern was broadcast over the police radio.

Uniformed OCPD bike patrol officers located McGovern as he was attempting to leave the area in his vehicle.  Officers were able to get to McGovern while he was entering his vehicle; however a struggle took place inside the vehicle with officers on both the passenger and driver’s side.

During the struggle McGovern managed to start his car and put it in reverse, striking and dragging the bike officer who was on the driver’s side and just missing the officer who was on the passenger side.  The bike officer who was dragged on the driver’s side by McGovern’s vehicle eventually was able to escape by falling outside the vehicle and under the driver’s side door, which was still open.

McGovern then became involved in a short vehicular pursuit, before bailing out of his car on the west side of Coastal Highway in the area of Marlin Drive.  Officers continued to pursue McGovern on foot and determined that he had jumped in the water way/canal in the area of 21st Street and the bay.

McGovern was tracked north to the 28th Street area by OCPD personnel, who were assisted by the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources Marine Unit.

Police eventually located McGovern at 4:38 a.m., in a condominium at 413A Eagle Drive.  McGovern was taken into custody. As a result of McGovern’s actions one OCPD bike patrol officer was injured and transported to Atlantic General Medical Center.  The officer was treated for injuries to the hand and arm and released.

McGovern is being held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building and is awaiting an initial appearance before an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.
McGovern is being charged with the following:
-          2 Counts Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana and Ecstasy (MDMA)
-          Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident
-          1st Degree Assault
-          2nd Degree Assault
-          Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
-          Resisting Arrest
-          Fleeing and Eluding
-          Reckless and Negligent Driving


Saturday, March 26, 2011

VA. Police Seize "Spice"

Bath Salts are sold under the names of "Ivory Wave" and "Cloud Nine". Smoked or injected it can have the same effects as LSD, Cocaine or Ecstasy.

By: Melanie Woodrow

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - It's been illegal since Wednesday , and already, local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on businesses selling synthetic marijuana, known as spice. (labeled as potpourri or incense)

Governor Bob McDonell signed legislation criminalizing the possession, sale, and distribution of spice and bath salts. An emergency clause meant the bill went into effect immediately.

In Newport News, police officers took all of the spice from Lazy Dayz Hookah Lounge and Outer Edge Gifts on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard.

In Virginia Beach, employees at Birdneck Food Mart and Papa Joe's Smoke Shop voluntarily pulled spice from their shelves.

Businesses should contact their local law enforcement agencies to turn over any remaining spice.

Friday, December 3, 2010

One Year In Jail For Marijuana Possession In Worcester County

SNOW HILL -- Darnell Kelley will spend one year in prison and three years on supervised probation after pleading guilty to possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them.

Kelley was charged with felonies in May after police found 75 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the rental car he was driving during a traffic stop.

"My client was by no means the only one involved," said James V. Anthenelli, Kelley's lawyer, saying the Infiniti Kelley drove was rented by Kelley's father, Modis L. Chandler, who was in the car when police stopped the vehicle for speeding.

Anthenelli said he was "very pleased" with Circuit Court Judge Richard R. Bloxom's decision to suspend four years of Kelley's five-year sentence, which will be served in the Worcester County Detention Center.

"This is my client's first criminal offense," said Anthenelli. He presented tax return records to the court, showing Kelley had a steady income in 2007 and 2008 until the "wheels fell off the bus" after he became unemployed.

Kelley, 24, and Chandler, 40, both of Newport News, Va., were traveling south on Route 113 near Old Virginia Road when they were stopped for speeding.

Maryland State Police called in a K-9 unit, which alerted police to the trunk of the car, where they found 75 pounds of marijuana in two gym bags, according to court records.

Worcester County Assistant State's Attorney Julie Guyer presented the case in front of Bloxom on Thursday. She declined to comment on Kelley's sentencing because charges against Chandler are still pending.

Chandler, who is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of a large amount of marijuana with intent to distribute, is scheduled to attend a criminal motions hearing on Jan. 7 followed by a jury trial on Jan. 12.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Worcester County Sheriff's Department Makes Drug Arrest

POCOMOKE CITY -- Two men are in police custody after 107.9 grams of marijuana was seized by Worcester County sheriff's detectives after a traffic stop for a broken taillight.

Jarrell Bernard Roberts, 24, of Pocomoke City was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana in a school zone, possession of paraphernalia, resisting arrest and assault of a law enforcement officer.

Roderick D. Collier, 20, of Pocomoke City has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in a school zone, resisting arrest and possession of paraphernalia.

Roberts and Collier were charged after Sheriff's Office Detective Anthony Rhode pulled over the vehicle they were in for an alleged equipment violation on Young Street in Pocomoke City.

Detectives Rodney Wells, Brian Trader and Bethany Ramey then arrived and proceeded to search Roberts and Collier after seeing them make "furtive movements," according to charging documents.

A pat-down was given to ensure officer safety, police said, and officers found a gallon-sized plastic bag containing 20 individually wrapped plastic bags of marijuana as well as a digital scale in Roberts' pants, according to a police statement.

Collier allegedly shouted at the officers that the marijuana found on Roberts was his. Taking him at his word, police say, they searched Collier, finding a plastic sandwich bag allegedly containing 17 individual wrapped plastic bags of suspected marijuana as well as a digital scale, which contained what police say was marijuana and cocaine residue.

Once in custody, Collier and Roberts were unruly and uncooperative, according to police.

The driver of the car, Derrick Smith of Pocomoke City, was not charged nor searched, according to police.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Two Men Charged After Drug Bust In Worcester County

BERLIN — Two Worcester County residents have been charged with seven counts of drug related charges after the Berlin Police Department responded to a complaint.

Jerrell Lamont Harmon, 26, of Snow hill and Garry Bicille Waples, 54 of Berlin, were both charged with trespassing, possession with intent, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia.

After being called to Bay Terrace Garden Apartments, 517 Bay Street, officers observed the two allegedly arrive at the location. They officers had prior knowledge that Harmon had been barred from the property, according to police documents.

After placing Harmon under arrest for trespassing, police say, a K-9 unit searched the vehicle, resulting in the discovery of Oxycodone pills, Colonazepam pills, crack-cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy pills and drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Drug Smiffing Dog Sniffs Out Pot Hidden In Dog Food Bag

GRANDY, N.C. (WAVY) - Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man for having more than 10 pounds of marijuana inside his car at the Food Lion parking lot in Grandy Saturday.

Currituck County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Lucio Obet-Pasos Barrios of Columbia, N.C. They charged him with two counts of trafficking marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for felony drug distribution.

Acting on a tip, members of the department's Interdiction Narcotics Unit approached Barrios' 2002 Dodge Neon at 11:18 a.m., according to a news release. The unit's drug-sniffing dog alerted deputies to the presence of drugs. A search of the car uncovered a dog food bag in the trunk that contained 10 one-gallon plastic bags filled with marijuana, according to the release.

Barrios is currently being held at the Currituck County jail under $4,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday.