Crime, Police/Fire

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 …


Crime, Police/Fire

Drug trafficker sentenced to nearly five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, other drugs to Maryland

GREENBELT, MD—A judge has sentenced a California woman to nearly five years in prison for trafficking illegal drugs to Maryland and other east coast states. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis has sentenced Ana Christina Avalos, A.K.A. “Christina Cazares-Quintero.” 35, of California, to 57 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession …


Rosedale man, 18 others indicted on gang-related drug charges

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland State Police Colonel Woodrow W. “Jerry” Jones, III on Thursday announced the indictments of 19 defendants for multiple charges, including participation in a criminal gang and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, as well as multiple drug kingpin, possession of a large volume of narcotics, and firearms-related counts. The investigation was led by …

County Executive Olszewski, Police Chief Hyatt release public safety plan

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt on Wednesday released a multi-pronged plan focused on combating violent crime through a series of immediate and upstream interventions. “Keeping our communities safe is among the most important responsibilities of government. Any increase in violent crime is unacceptable. We refuse to normalize violence in our communities,” Olszewski …

Joint task force launched to combat Baltimore crime

BALTIMORE, MD – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, along with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, on Wednesday announced the Baltimore Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Strike Force, a new initiative designed to combat violent crime in Baltimore. The mission of the Baltimore OCDETF Strike Force is to disrupt and dismantle the most …

Councilman Marks to support crime-fighting agreement with U.S. Department of Justice

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Wednesday that he would vote to support an agreement with the federal government that gives the county a broader role in combating illegal drugs and other criminal activity. The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program was established in 1982 to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the …