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Gang leader, associate plead guilty to drug distribution, sex trafficking throughout Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced that gang leader David Tico Brown, 45, and his close associate Michael Anthony Copeland, 42, pleaded guilty to multiple offenses for their role in the “Brown Drug Trafficking Organization.” The gang engaged in the distribution of numerous controlled dangerous substances, including cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and marijuana in Anne Arundel County, …


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Baltimore businessman who paid $90,000 for sex sentenced to 18 months in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore businessman who paid $90,000 for sex has been sentenced to federal prison. On Monday, Charles “Chuck” Nabit, 66, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for transportation of an individual to engage in prostitution. The judge also ordered Nabit to pay a fine of $55,000 and a special assessment …


Middle River man arrested on drug, weapons charges following traffic stop, pursuit in White Marsh

WHITE MARSH, MD—Maryland Transportation Authority Police have arrested a 28-year-old Middle River man on weapons and drug distribution charges stemming from an August 20 traffic stop in White Marsh. MDTA Police Officers took the man into custody Thursday, September 2, with assistance from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and were assisted by the Baltimore County Police Department during …

Nottingham man previously charged for participating in Capitol riot now facing drug, firearms charges

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Elias Nick Costianes, Jr., 43, of Nottingham, on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and for possession of firearms and ammunition by an unlawful user of any controlled substance. The criminal complaint was filed on August 23, 2021, and unsealed on Wednesday …

Maryland flag lowered to half-staff to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the Maryland flag would be lowered to half-staff to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. International Overdose Awareness Day is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. It was initiated in 2001 in Australia …

11 suspects indicted, Baltimore County man wanted in connection with ’39 Babies’ gang

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday announced the indictment of 11 defendants for multiple charges including participation in a criminal gang, first-degree murder, assault, and firearm-related counts. The investigation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. The investigation into the criminal …

Baltimore OCDETF Strike Force seizes enough fentanyl to kill 200,000 people, 11 suspects indicted

TOWSON, MD—A 16-month investigation by the Baltimore OCDETF Strike Force has resulted in the indictment of eleven alleged wholesale drug traffickers. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement executed 55 search warrants and seized enough fentanyl to kill 200,000 people. Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt was among those who joined Acting United States Attorney for the District of …

Baltimore County to receive $550K to address heroin, opioid crisis

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced $6 million in new awards to support the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network and heroin coordinators.  Of these funds, Baltimore County will receive approximately $550,000. “The work of our heroin coordinators and the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network are an integral part of our comprehensive strategy to collaborate across jurisdictions to dismantle criminal organizations, remain …