MSP indicts nine in historic drugs, weapons bust spanning the Eastern Shore

EASTON, Md. – A major drug trafficking bust was announced by Maryland State Police (MSP) Tuesday morning. More than $1 million of potentially deadly drugs, and numerous weapons were recovered in the investigation. Law enforcement says the amount of lives potentially saved is staggering. Meanwhile, MSP says the bust is one of the most, if not the most, significant in its history.

“Enough fatal doses to kill every individual on the Eastern Shore”

Investigators recovered more than 18 kilograms of cocaine, 2.7 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl, 5.9 kilograms of meth, 170 pounds of marijuana. “That’s enough fentanyl to kill 250,000 people. When you mix it with the heroin, that’s enough fatal doses to kill every individual on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” said Caroline County State’s Attorney Joseph Riley.

Nine people have been indicted on criminal charges. Police say Michael Holland of Hurlock, Md. and Gregory Williams of Federalsburg, Md. were at the top of the organization. They and lower level distributors were reportedly being supplied by Justin Spain of Lanham, Md. “It’s very concerning, especially with the intel on where this investigation is going,” said MSP Lieutenant Adam Howard. “This is a large drug trafficking organization – an international drug trafficking organization. It’s very large scale, and right in our back yards on the Eastern Shore. It’s something that I never would have thought I’d see in my lifetime.”

And as for the guns, 43 in total were recovered. Three were so called “ghost guns” – untraceable weapons that have no serial number. Police say the weapons are a growing problem across the Mid-Atlantic region. “It definitely is easier for criminals to get their hands on these weapons because they are un-serialized. But, most of these criminals who have these weapons are prohibited from having guns in the first place,” said Lt. Howard.

The Investigation Begins

The investigation began in 2019, when an MSP trooper assigned to the Caroline County Narcotics Taskforce received several tips from confidential informants, and the public, that Holland was disturbing large amounts of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. Through and exhaustive investigation, and hundreds of hours of surveillance, Spain was identified as the supplier in 2021.

From there, investigators were able to make the necessary connections, in order to track down and seize the drugs and weapons. “11 search warrants were executed on February 24th, 2022 in Caroline, Dorchester, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties,” said Lt. Howard.

Expanding Beyond Delmarva

However, law enforcement says this is likely only the tip of the iceberg. Investigators are now turning their attention towards other areas of the nation. “These drugs were not just intended for these three small, rural counties. The reality is that they were intended for there large metropolitan areas along the Mid-Atlantic,” said Riley. “Drug organizations do not stay within jurisdictions of one county or state. It is only when law enforcement agencies cooperate with each other that we can combat these groups.”

Part of that attention, is going to be narrowed in on Spain. Lt. Howard says one of the next major goals will be to track down where the drugs are being manufactured. He says until that can be done, Delmarva residents should keep a close eye on their vulnerable loved ones. “It’s a tragedy. It really is,” said Lt. Howard. “It’s going on in your back yard. Your neighbors are doing it, your family and friends. You may not see the signs of it, but they’re out there. This is an addiction and a true crisis.”

Kingpin Indictments

41-year-old Justin Aaron Spain of Lanham, Md. is charged with two counts of being a drug kingpin, and possession of large amount of controlled dangerous substance (CDS). He is also charged with distribution of large amount of CDS, distribution of narcotics, and two counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Spain is also charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics. He is being held at Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

36-year-old Michael Anthony Holland of Hurlock, Md. is charged with three counts of being a drug kingpin, three counts of conspiracy to distribute large amounts of narcotics, and three counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He is also charged with felon in possession of a firearm, rifle/shotgun possession by disqualified person, and illegal possession of ammunition. Holland is being held at Dorchester County Detention Center without bond.

39-year-old Gergory Lovern Williams, Jr. of Federalsburg, Md. is charged with two counts of being a drug kingpin, two counts of conspiracy to distribute CDS, and four counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He is also charged with firearm possession with a felony conviction, illegal possession of ammunition, and possession of CDS not marijuana. Williams is being held at Dorchester County Detention Center without bond.

Distributor Indictments

28-year-old Magerette Derosiers of Federalsburg, Md. is charged with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of CDS, and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. She is also charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of possession of CDS not marijuana. Derosiers is being held at Dorchester County Detention Center without bond.

33-year-old Andre Luther Woolford of Hurlock, Md. is charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics. He is also facing two counts of conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possession of CDS not marijuana. Woolford is being held at Dorchester County Detention Center without bond.

44-year-old Joseph Archie Spain III of Preston, Md. is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS. He is also charged with three counts of conspiracy with intent to distribute CDS, and three counts of use of a firearm in drug trafficking. Spain III is also charged with CDS nuisance, two counts of possession of CDS not marijuana, and possession of more than ten grams of marijuana. He is being held at Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

48-year-old Michelle Lynn Spain of Preson, Md. is charged with conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics. She is also facing two counts of possession with intend to distribute CDS, and two counts of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute CDS. Spain is charged with three counts of using a firearm in drug trafficking, CDS nuisance, two counts of possession of CDS not marijuana, and possession of more than ten grams of marijuana. She is being held at Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

36-year-old James Eugene Simms of Great Mills, Md. is charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He is also charged with possession of CCDS not marijuana. Simms is being held at Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

56-year-old George Alfred Butler of Federalsburg, Md. is charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He is also charged with possession of CDS not marijuana. Butler is being held at Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

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