Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore County drug trafficker sentenced to 13 years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County man will spend more than a decade behind bars for trafficking illegal narcotics. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has sentenced Steven Bernard Norwood, 46, of Lutherville, to 13 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and posses with the intent to distribute five …


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Maryland man sentenced to 15 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana shipped by mail from California

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to prison after dealing drugs that were shipped via U.S. Mail. U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has sentenced Dwight Antonio Pitts, 47, of Hanover, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in a drug distribution conspiracy involving large amounts of fentanyl, cocaine, and …


Five indicted following seizure of drugs that were to be distributed throughout Baltimore County

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday the indictments of five defendants for multiple charges including participation in a criminal organization, conspiracy to distribute drugs, possession with intent to distribute, and firearm-related counts. He also announced the seizure of a large quantity of fentanyl and other controlled dangerous substances that would have been distributed in Baltimore County, Baltimore …

Nottingham man who participated in Capitol protest facing federal indictment for drug conspiracy, firearms charges

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Nottingham man who participated in the Capitol protest with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Elias Nick Costianes, Jr., 43, is facing two counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance—specifically, testosterone and cocaine. The indictment also charges Costianes with possession of firearms …

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, …

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

UPDATE: A federal grand jury has returned an indictment in this case. Original story below… —— 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 …

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 …