Nar­cotics de­tec­tive awarded by fed­eral gov­ern­ment

Large-scale heroin bust brought down dealer in county, D.C.

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A long­time nar­cotics de­tec­tive with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was re­cently hon­ored by the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice for his in­ves­tiga­tive ef­forts that helped con­vict a pro­lific heroin dealer and ex­posed the cor­rup­tion of a former de­tec­tive of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment.

Sgt. Harry Ivers was one of six law en­force­ment agents, in­clud­ing ATF and MPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors, tasked with build­ing the case against Ray­mond Proc­tor, 48, of In­dian Head, who was sen­tenced to 62 months in prison last year in U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Columbia af­ter plead­ing guilty to drug con­spir­acy and money laun­der­ing charges, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Former MPD de­tec­tive Stephanie

El­li­son, 51, who used money from Proc­tor’s heroin traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion to pur­chase a Maserati, a BMW and a Har­ley-David­son un­der her name, but for Proc­tor’s use, was sen­tenced to 15 months in­car­cer­a­tion for money laun­der­ing. A vet­eran de­tec­tive who had been with the MPD since 1986, El­li­son’s ca­reer was ended by the in­dict­ment in 2013.

“Ob­vi­ously, we don’t do it for the awards,” said Ivers, now a staff trainer at the South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Academy. “But it is nice when the work is rec­og­nized … With the in­flux of heroin over­doses, stem­ming from the pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion prob­lem, it’s al­ways good to make a dent in that trade, es­pe­cially with all the young peo­ple dy­ing.”

“Any­time a drug dealer is ar­rested, our com­mu­nity be­comes a safer place,” Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) said in a press re­lease. “We are thank­ful for Sgt. Ivers and the rest of th­ese hard-work­ing of­fi­cers and agents for their tire­less ded­i­ca­tion to rid­ding our com­mu­ni­ties of th­ese dan­ger­ous drugs.”

Ivers com­pared the con­vic­tion of Proc­tor to cut­ting the head off a snake, adding that in his opinion, one big ar­rest ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity more than ar­rest­ing sev­eral low-level drug deal­ers.

From start to fin­ish, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion lasted about four years.

“I started it in 2008,” Ivers said. “He was a Charles County res­i­dent, sell­ing heroin in Charles County and the D.C. met­ro­pol­i­tan area.”

“In­for­mants put us onto him,” he con­tin­ued. “We started the case in Charles County and I was later con­tacted by the ATF in Wash­ing­ton [in 2010]. [An agent] was also do­ing a case against him on the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., side. They found out I was do­ing a case on him in Charles County and we kind of joined forces.”

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, un­der­cover ATF agents set up sev­eral con­trolled heroin ex­changes, us­ing pre-recorded cash funds and cases of un­taxed cig­a­rettes to pur­chase ap­prox­i­mately 418 grams of heroin, some­times at a night­club and restau­rant owned by Proc­tor in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., court records show.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also re­vealed El­li­son’s role, know­ingly us­ing money from il­le­gal pro­ceeds to pur­chase lux­ury ve­hi­cles to be used by Proc­tor.

“With the way the po­lice are viewed now, it’s nice to be rec­og­nized with awards like this,” said Ivers. “Ob­vi­ously, I didn’t do this by my­self.”

For their help in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ivers thanked CCSO Sgt. Bur­roughs and Det. Sauve, the ATF spe­cial agents and MPD de­tec­tives and as­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­neys Karla-Dee Clark and Zia Faruqui.

“They were all ab­so­lutely in­te­gral in the case and the pros­e­cu­tion of the case,” he said.

He also thanked Berry and the CCSO com­mand staff for their sup­port, which is needed to con­tinue large-scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion such as this.

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW RICHARD­SON

Sgt. Harry Ivers poses with Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice af­ter re­ceiv­ing his award from the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice on June 21. Ivers was rec­og­nized for his in­ves­tiga­tive ef­forts that helped con­vict a pro­lific heroin dealer.

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