Police Dismantle Crisfield Drug Trafficking Ring, 15 Arrested
CRISFIELD, Md. - Police dismantle a Crisfield drug trafficking ring after an extensive investigation. In a press conference Thursday, police revealed the suspects involved and the wide range of narcotics and drug assets that were seized.
Fifteen people have been arrested in connection to Crisfield drug organization "Florida Boyz." Seven of them are facing grand jury indictments and possible life sentences.
Police say the ringleaders have had numerous run-ins with the law.
"Two of them are in fact from Florida. They were charged many times in Florida with distribution of narcotics down there. So they made their way up to Crisfield," Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said.
After a four-month long investigation, police uncovered heroin, powder cocaine, marijuana, Vicodin, oxycodone, crack cocaine, and Xanax - a street value of approximately $10,000.
"I was a narcotics commander in Baltimore City, and I've never experienced these many pills being sold," Chief Tabor said.
Police also seized over $1,000 in cash, five vehicles, two ATV's, a motorcycle, laptops, cell phones, flat screen TV's and DJ equipment. Police believe these items were purchased using drug money - a value of over $150,000.
"You want your community to be a safe harbor for people to live. When you have a drug infested situation, those are very hard to accomplish," Crisfield resident Terry Pehan said.
An undercover Crisfield Detective reportedly stayed in the Somerset Inn and Suites for two months. During his time there, police say he was able to personally make at least 30 purchases on a wide range of narcotics.
Police raided eight different locations in the Crisfield area over the past two weeks and they say more raids and arrests are to come.
Tabor says he currently has five additional search and seizure warrants, along with more than 30 subpoenas for cell phone records.
Police believe this drug operation took place primarily within Crisfield city limits, but extended into other parts of Somerset County.
This is an active and ongoing investigation and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Those who were handed grand jury indictments include Avery Neal, Frank Sterling, Heidi Williams, Ronnie Townsend, William Jones, Pierre Whittington and Lamonth Forchion. They've been charged with everything from possession of heroin, to distribution of controlled substances within a school zone. Police also released the names of six additional subjects who were arrested and charged, including Sheila Abrams, Audra Banks, Stanford Taylor, Iesha Jones, Dhaval "Danny" Surti (Owner of Motel) and William Jones.
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