Maryland State Police Target Criminal Activity, Drug Use In St. Mary’s County

February 5, 2020

As part of a multi-unit operation, Maryland State Police targeted criminal activity and drug use in St. Mary’s County, which led to several arrests and the recovery of weapons in the community.

The operation took place between Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, 2020, as the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Unit implemented direct enforcement activities, which were based on intelligence as it related to illegal drug sales and possession, firearm violations and violent crimes in St. Mary’s County.

The operation was implemented due to concerns following recent violent crime in the area, including several shootings and related firearms issues in and around the Lexington Park community of St. Mary’s County. The operation’s highlights included five drug-related arrests, the recovery of two handguns and the serving of three arrest warrants.

The Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit Western, Central and Southern Regions, Criminal Enforcement Division (CED) Central South Drug Enforcement Unit, CED-Central South Investigators, Southern Maryland Information Center, MSP STATE Team and troopers from the Leonardtown and La Plata barracks assisted in this operation.

The results of this operation were made possible in part due to grant funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which funds the Maryland Gun Violence Reduction Grant. Funds were also utilized through the Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2018.

Overall, the operation yielded the following results in St. Mary’s County:

  • Traffic stops: 64 stops
  • Traffic warnings: 47
  • Traffic citations: 49
  • Controlled dangerous substance arrests: 5
  • CDS civil citations: 4
  • Driving under the influence arrests: 2
  • Arrest warrants served: 3
  • Handguns recovered: 2

The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division – Firearms Enforcement Unit is committed to supporting Governor Hogan’s war on gun violence. The Firearms Enforcement Unit consists of sworn troopers that are tasked with traveling around the state to identify, infiltrate and dismantle firearm-related violence.

28 Responses to Maryland State Police Target Criminal Activity, Drug Use In St. Mary’s County

  1. Guns = 2 Violence = 0 on February 5, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Looks more like a war on guns than on gun violence.

    Right Shawn?

  2. Baud9600 on February 5, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Good job, but it should be be made clear that “made possible in part due to grant funds provided by” should state TAXPAYERS first!

    • Dick on February 6, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Congratulations, you paid your taxes. You’re not getting any credit for this buddy. Nice try.

  3. Uh-oh on February 5, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    This is going to get the liberals in an uproar. Enforcing laws is racist. Cracking down on drug use is racist. They dont want to actually enforce the laws, they just want to decriminalize everything so that Murrland can be the wokest

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      “Racist” against who? Last I’ve seen, people of all ethnic backgrounds use, abuse and sell drugs whether they’re prescription or from street dealers.

    • J. Trillville on February 6, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Well, I promise you they aren’t doing the “enforcing” in Ridge or Golden Beach. I’d say it will all be isolated to Lex Park, California, and Great Mills.

      • Anonymous on February 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

        Or Drayden

        • J.T. Money on February 7, 2020 at 8:50 am

          100% factuals truth!!

      • Rocket Scientist on February 6, 2020 at 1:19 pm

        Ummmm hello?! Most of the cops live in those areas so they aren’t gonna crack down where people generally follow the rules and abide by laws.

    • Chris on February 6, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Libs will say “why are they only targeting low income families in trailer parks?” lol

      • Jazz J on February 6, 2020 at 10:35 am

        That valid question my friend.

  4. Anonymous on February 5, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    So wait….

    It took ADDITIONAL funds for this to happen? Were the LEO not getting paid? Was there no gasoline in the LEO vehicles?

    Why isn’t this happening each and every day? Why do they need “special additional funds” to do the job they were hired for?

    • Patty Comer on February 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Good question!

    • Large Coffee on February 6, 2020 at 7:49 am

      I am just taking a guess here, but I think they needed additional funds because they had additional LEO working. As in, the people who are normally working, continued to work as usual. And then they brought in these other folks to do this. More cops on duty, means more money being paid…

      Think about it this way. Imagine your job at Dunkin. There are 3 people usually working. Now imagine you have 8 people working instead of 3. There would need to be more money spent on wages for 8 employees working versus the normal 3, right?

      • Anonymous on February 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

        Got it! So, local law enforcement cannot do the job they are hired to do without help YET… they demand a raise because “It’s unfair and other counties pay more…boo hoo!”

        Good to know

      • Anonymous on February 6, 2020 at 1:35 pm

        Anyone with half a brain knows this is just a publicity stunt. Just like the “Block the Box” routine. They show up for a day or two then it is forgotten about for another year.

        At least the Dunkin people get raises based on merit and doing a better job. SM sheriffs want one because “The other guys make more money!”

    • Just stop on February 6, 2020 at 9:39 am

      …you are asking logical questions. (end of sarcasm)

  5. Anonymous on February 5, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    More of the same crap. Arrest the users but leave the producers and the dealers running free. Just another big waste of time, money and resources.

  6. Annamious annamous on February 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Honestly you could get 64 traffic violations in 60 seconds on 235 heading to the base any day of the week !

  7. BooBerry on February 6, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Can’t any of you just say “Thanks”? You are on here constantly bitching about the guns and drugs but when leo steps in, well read most of the bs above.

    Thanks LEO! Good work!!

  8. Anonymous on February 6, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Annamious I was thinking same thing…they got to get that 64 everyday..on rt.5 /235 to base…everyday coming and going to from stores I see them with vehicles pulled over ! but I seldom see people really blow by me…they all pass me…none make my vehicle shake/rock …they tear them up by lake/pond

  9. Anonymous on February 6, 2020 at 10:59 am

    that car up=side down in middle of neighbor…speed chase(at lease he stop before stop sign) you notice on front..Virginia tag ! if you turn your screen upside down…you can read it !

  10. Jamesgang on February 6, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Really what a waste of taxpayers money 5 arrests for drugs and 2 guns !! The cost of this is probably hundreds of thousands of dollars a good part for donuts it’s time to hold government accountable and the government press smnewsnet an arm of government

  11. Frank Serpico on February 7, 2020 at 12:06 am

    It is interesting how MSP were able to conduct a crime suppression initiative and not coordinate it with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. It goes to show what poor leadership Timothy Cameron has and lack of trust MSP has for the Sheriff’s Office.

    You would think MSP would have reached out to the Lexington Park COPS Unit and request their assistance due to their community ties and intimate knowledge of the “Hot Spots” of Lexington Park, however MSP declined to include them. They instead did what St. Mary’s has done to them and encrypted their radio channels so the Sheriff’s Office is “lost in the sauce”

    I believe they declined because the Sheriff’s mentality is reactive rather then proactive enforcement. Same old Status Quo.

    The “Cops Unit” is never to be found, never initiates any productive enforcement or operations and is a waste of the tax payer’s money. Go around to the businesses and communities and really see if they are making any impact in their community and they will all say “No.” In the life span of 7 years the COPS UNIT was formed there has never been a successful operation they completed and that is their territory! If I was Tim “The Turd” Cameron, I would be made as hell and embarrassed. But then again you have the lack of leadership Captain Steve Hall provides that division and the bare minimum he allows the Special Operation Division get away with on the constant bases. Really disappointing the Sheriff’s Office has allowed Lexington Park become the new “PG South”.

    Great Job MSP! “Commander” Lieutenant Krystle Rossignol and Assistant Barrack Commander
    First Sergeant Michael W. Laney, have done an amazing job with the troopers and the enforcement strategies they bring to our County.

    • Wildwili on February 10, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      They both suck and need their numbers halved. You make more than 4 CDS busts in 10 mins at the Shell on Pegg road, the WAWA on St. andrews or any other gas station for that matter.

      • Wildwili on February 10, 2020 at 1:04 pm

        You could*

  12. Anonymous on February 7, 2020 at 8:32 am

    they need to do a sweep on river bay townhomes thats where it is bad

  13. Anonymous on February 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Oh wow is this when they busted Sheron chase door in down mattapany road