Talbot County Drug Task Force announces arrests made in alleged drug trafficking ring

Talbot County Sheriff Department

 

TALBOT COUNTY, Md. – Sheriff Joe Gamble, chairman of the Talbot County Drug Task Force, announced Thursday that 22 people from the Eastern Shore who are alleged to have been part of a drug trafficking organization have been indicted on state and federal drug charges, following a ten month long investigation.

The investigation began during the fall of 2019. Those connected with the organization were believed to be involved in the sales of various forms of heroin and cocaine. The investigation resulted in 32-year-old Anthony L. Banks of Easton being identified as the leader of the organization and is allegedly responsible for importing these drugs into Talbot County.

Officers also identified numerous people who are close with Banks and assisted in dealing both powder and crack cocaine into Talbot County. During July, the investigation led to the service of 14 residential vehicle search warrants. Officials say of this resulted to the recovery of almost a kilogram of suspected powder cocaine and lesser amounts of suspected crack cocaine, heroin, suboxone and marijuana. Police say they also recovered two handguns and a shotgun, as well as more than $71,000 in cash believed to be drug-related money.

Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble says none of this could’ve happened without the work of all these other officers. “As Chairman of the Talbot Drug Task Force, I could not be more proud of the work these troopers, deputies and police officers performed for the safety of this community,” Sheriff Joe Gamble said. “These hardworking, selfless, law enforcement professionals worked tirelessly during a pandemic to identify and dismantle the Anthony Banks drug-trafficking organization that has been peddling poison to our community and much of the Eastern Shore. When many workers were sent home due to the pandemic, your law enforcement professionals were working around the clock. The troopers, deputies and officers who serve you will continue to identify those profiting from the destruction of our community. These law enforcement professionals are the best of us and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their dangerous, selfless work.”

Police believe Banks, his brother Tavon Banks, and Latisha L. Carter led the organization.

Anthony Banks is charged with is charged with being a drug kingpin, distribution of large amounts of controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances and possession of narcotic production equipment.

Tavon Banks is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances.

Latiasha Carter is charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances and maintaining a common nuisance.

The other 19 suspects have been indicted on state charges. All have been arrested except where noted. They are:

  • Tyron M. Green, 37, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Ontario A. Brooks, 41, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Dion L. Pierson, 36, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Michael D. Brown, 49, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Ja’Shawn D. Wilson, 28, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Robert A. Pitts, 33, of Federalsburg – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Glenn S. Lewis Jr, 47, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia. NOTE: Lewis has been charged, but not yet arrested.
  • Shaun R. Clayton, 31, of Cambridge – conspiracy to distribute CDS. NOTE: Clayton has been charged, but not yet arrested.
  • Wayne L. Wilson, 50, of Trappe – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Jermaine C. Camper, 47, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Charles S. Gale 3rd, 30, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Jerome R. Williams Jr, 37, of Hurlock – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Dondrell L. Thomas, 31, of Cambridge – conspiracy to distribute CDS, possession with intent to distribute a narcotic, possession of CDS not marijuana, possession with intent to distribute CDS
  • William NMN Cooper III, 49, of Trappe – conspiracy to distribute CDS, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, possession of CDS not marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Tyrell L. Stull, 32, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Tyzhier M. Wilson, 23, of Easton – conspiracy to distribute CDS
  • Makara T. Cottman, 20, of Salisbury – possession with intent to distribute, possession of CDS not marijuana, possession of marijuana over 10 grams, possession of a firearm/minor, possession of a firearm in connection to drug crime, maintaining a common nuisance
  • Michael W. Starkey, 68, of Trappe – CDS admin equipment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of CDS not marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a common nuisance and firearm related charges
  • Charles E. Davis, 55, of Trappe – CDS admin equipment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of CDS not marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a common nuisance and firearm related charges

 

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