Maryland

MSP: Guns found during Wicomico Co. investigation; gang member charged

WILLARDS, Md. - A gang member is in custody, after authorities say he was involved in the illegal sale of guns, in Wicomico County.

Maryland State Police say earlier this month, members of the MSP Gang Enforcement Unit and the Maryland State Apprehension Team began an investigation after information was developed concerning a Willards man's involvement with the illegal sale of firearms. Troopers identified the individual as 38-year-old Dana Lank II. According to MSP, investigation indicated Lank was involved in converting semi-automatic rifles to fully-automatic and illegally selling regulated assault rifles. 

Troopers say they determined that lank was involved in a pending illegal sale of an undocumented SKS assault rifle, and he was identified as a member of the Dead Man Incorporated criminal gang.

MSP says on Friday, members of the MSP Gang Enforcement Unit and State Apprehension Team were assisted by the the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit and the Worcester County Sheriff's Office K-9 in stopping Lank for a traffic violation in Wicomico County. According to the report, a rifle was recovered from his vehicle and identified as an SKS assault rifle. Lank was arrested and taken to MSP Salisbury Barrack.

Authorities report that they served two search warrants, including one at Lank's residence and another at a residence connected to Lank in Berlin. Investigators say they recovered a modified, fully-automatic Heckler & Koch assault rifle, a sawed off shotgun, a .357 magnum revolver, a Grendle assault rifle with no serial number, various rifle and shotgun parts and five ammunition cans filled with rifle and shotgun rounds.  

Lank was charged with illegal possession/sale of an assault weapon, being a prohibited person in possession of a rifle/shotgun, and illegal possession of ammunition. Authorities say additional charges are possible. 

He is currently being held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center.


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