For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
On Friday, January 21, 2022, the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron announced the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging six individuals with federal drug trafficking charges. The six individuals were allegedly distributing cocaine and other drugs in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
These charges are a significant step in a joint investigation between Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division, Montgomery County Police Department, and Prince George’s County Police Department.
In response to the announcement by U.S. Attorney Barron, Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus G. Jones stated: “Last week’s arrests are a significant effort in the disruption and dismantling of a significant and dangerous Drug Trafficking Organization that operates extensively in the Capital Region, especially Montgomery County. The warrants served are not a culmination; rather they are a major step in a continuing investigation.
The connection between illicit drug sales and violence is well known, and the 12 firearms that were seized are tangible evidence of that. I am proud of the joint investigation between our departments Special Investigations Division and our partners with Homeland Security Investigations, and I look forward to continued cooperation between our agencies. I want to thank United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department for their continued effort and support.”
This investigation was also a coordinated effort under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). Governor Larry Hogan launched the MCIN in 2017, to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations though inter-agency collaboration and data sharing.
More information about the investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s news release can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/six-men-facing-federal-drug-trafficking-conspiracy-charge.