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Police Seize Large Quantity of Drugs And Cash In Wicomico Co.

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WICOMICO Co., Md. - Authorities make a huge drug bust in Wicomico County - a major move for law enforcement considering the discovery lead to the largest seizure of cash the county has ever seen.

Seven and a half pounds of marijuana, one kilogram of cocaine and more than $550,000 in cash. That's what police say they confiscated from 29-year-old Kevin Dykes of Salisbury.

"This is a huge seizure for Wicomico County. This is a huge arrest for Wicomico County. Someone who's dealing this much - he's dealing regionally, not just locally. A man who has accrued that much currency is clearly someone who is a high level drug dealer," Sheriff Mike Lewis of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said.

It started with an anonymous tip on February 4, which started the investigation. Authorities were able to track down Dyke's car and pull him over for a traffic violation. Police reportedly found a small amount of drugs in the car which led to his arrest. This secured a search warrant for his home located on Centenary Drive in Salisbury, where they allegedly uncovered the weed and a small amount of cocaine. Upon further investigation, police were able to track down the big find – more than 7 miles away in Parsonsburg. A red Pontiac located on a farm on Forest Grove Road was stashed with more than half a million dollars in cash and a brick of cocaine.

Officials commend the efforts of law enforcement to keep the streets of Wicomico County safe.

"It's a known statistic that 85% of all crime has some connection to narcotics. So when the gang task force and the HIDTA unit is targeting these drug dealers, they're going after the same people that are committing a lot of other crimes," Wicomico County State's Attorney Matt Maciarello said.

Dykes now faces some hefty drug charges - if convicted, he could face up to an excess of 20 years behind bars. He is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on $500,000 cash only bond. 

The case will be presented to a grand jury next Monday.

We're told the confiscated money will be used to help in other drug investigations in Wicomico County.

 

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