Heroin task force ar­rests 25 in raids over five-county area

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CENTREVILLE — A com­bined law en­force­ment ef­fort led to the ar­rests last week of 25 peo­ple in four coun­ties in Mary­land and one in Delaware, one of whom is be­lieved to have been heav­ily in­volved in the large-scale dis­tri­bu­tion of opi­oids in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to Mary­land State Po­lice.

Af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, 22 res­i­den­tial search war­rants were ex­e­cuted Thursday morn­ing, May 25, and 18 peo­ple were served with in­dict­ments dur­ing a co­or­di­nated take­down that en­com­passed sus­pects in Queen Anne’s, Kent, Caro­line and Anne Arun­del coun­ties in Mary­land and New Cas­tle County in Delaware, ac­cord­ing to Elena Russo, MSP pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer.

On Fri­day, May 26, felony in­dict­ments were served on an­other seven sus­pects.

All 25 were ar­rested and charged with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute co­caine and var­i­ous other felony charges, po­lice said. They were trans­ported to the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter for an ap­pear­ance be­fore a court com­mis­sioner. More ar­rests are com­ing, Russo said.

“This case demon­strates the de­ter­mi­na­tion of law

en­force­ment agen­cies and other part­ners work­ing to­gether to ad­dress the drug epi­demic that af­fects our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann. “The suc­cess of this and fu­ture op­er­a­tions is a re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts across many ju­ris­dic­tions.”

The Mary­land State Po­lice Heroin In­ves­tiga­tive Unit, as­sisted by mul­ti­ple law en­force­ment part­ners, be­gan the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in fall 2016.

Po­lice de­vel­oped in­for­ma­tion in­di­cat­ing Paul Stans­bury Roberts Jr., 66, of Wor­ton was in­volved in a large-scale drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion in Queen Anne’s County, al­legedly im­port­ing and dis­tribut­ing large amounts of opi­oids on a daily ba­sis, in­clud­ing oxy­codone, mor­phine, fen­tanyl, methadone and heroin.

Po­lice said Roberts also was sell­ing large amounts of crack and pow­dered co­caine while deal­ing with sev­eral sup­pli­ers of co­caine.

One of the peo­ple al­legedly sup­ply­ing Roberts was iden­ti­fied as Roma Scott, 52, of Wor­ton. A sep­a­rate, par­al­lel in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan, and it is al­leged Scott also was sell­ing co­caine, crack co­caine and opi­oid pills on a daily ba­sis for more than 12 years, Russo said in a state­ment.

Both Roberts and Scott claimed to be self-em­ployed, one in the lawn care busi­ness and the other as an event plan­ner, pro­vid­ing moon bounces and me­chan­i­cal bulls for par­ties and fairs. They al­legedly used these cov­ers to hide the cash they were mak­ing in the il­le­gal drug trade.

Over the past six weeks dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Roberts and Scott are sus­pected of col­lec­tively im­port­ing 4,000 oxy­codone pills, 50 mor­phine pills, 50 fen­tanyl pills, and a col­lec­tive mix of more than 1,000 sub­ox­one, methadone and Per­co­cet pills, along with 49 ounces of co­caine, which they al­legedly sold for profit in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties. The es­ti­mated street value of these drugs is more than $130,000, po­lice said.

Roberts and Scott al­legedly were be­ing sup­plied from mul­ti­ple sources, po­lice said.

In­dict­ments also were served on their al­leged sources, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Robert Henry Brown Jr., 43, of An­napo­lis; John Louis Lloyd III, 35, of Hen­der­son; and an un­named per­son from Middletown, Del.

The Mar yland State Po­lice Heroin In­ves­tiga­tive Unit co­or­di­nates with lo­cal law en­force­ment in gath­er­ing in­tel­li­gence to com­bat the il­le­gal dis­tri­bu­tion of opi­oids and heroin. This six-week com­bined law en­force­ment ef­fort in­volved po­lice de­part­ments across Mary­land.

The 25 peo­ple in­dicted, listed al­pha­bet­i­cally: Kather­ine Maryne Arra­bel, 31, Ch­ester­town; James Oliver Bar­rett Jr., 59, Ch­ester­town; Jervis Wardell Blake, 52, Ch­ester­town; Robert Henry Brown, 43, An­napo- lis; Aubrey Paul Cicci, 58, Wor­ton; Alexan­dria Anto- nia Craw­ford, 22, Ch­ester- town; Jef­fery Brian Cwalina, 42, Stevensville; An­thony Allen Gib­son, 46, Queen­stown; Sara Jane Hoff­man, 54, Church Hill; David O’Con­ner John­son, 64; no fixed ad­dress; Alisha Kelly Kern, 28, Wor­ton; Kirby Brier Kim­ble, 22, Centreville; John Louis Lloyd III, 35, Hen­der­son; Gre­gory De­lano Lo­max, 42, Milling­ton; Paul Stans­bury Roberts Jr., 36, Wor­ton; Kwazi Odean Robin­son, 37, Pre­ston; Jami L ynn Robin­son, 36, Pre­ston; Roma Scott, 52, Wor­ton; Troy Leo­nis Som­merville, 28, Wor­ton; Brit­tany Ni­cole Stokes, 22, Sudlersville; Chan­dler Wil­lis Stubbs, 21, Bet­ter­ton; Marie El­iz­a­beth Todd, 29, Ch­ester­town; Robert Wake­field Wright, 60, Wor­ton; Au­tumn Brit­tany Wilt­bank, 30, Church Hill; and Roshana Shar­nett Wright, 38, Middletown, Del.

Dur­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of the search war­rants, po­lice seized 90.3 grams of heroin, 446.3 grams of mar­i­juana, 152 oxy­codone pills, 245 other pre­scrip­tion pills, 15 fen­tanyl pills, 7.6 grams of crack co­caine, 1,201.5 grams of pow­dered co­caine, 15 ve­hi­cles, 14 guns and $98,152 in cash.

“This op­er­a­tion ob­vi­ously has been a suc­cess, but it’s only the be­gin­ning. If you sell drugs in Queen Anne’s County, we will make ev­ery ef­fort to lock you up,” Hof­mann said.

“The war on drugs is never end­ing,” said Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richardson. “Re­cently, my of­fice suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted mul­ti­ple drug deal­ers and ob­tained felony con­vic­tions on well over a dozen ‘for profit’ deal­ers, send­ing all of them to prison. Sadly, with the de­mand for drugs at a record level, there will al­ways be in­di­vid­u­als, mo­ti­vated by greed, who are will­ing to step up and prey upon those af­flicted by the dis­ease of ad­dic­tion, with no re­gard for the death and suf­fer­ing they in­flict.

“I can as­sure the cit­i­zens of Queen Anne’s County that my of­fice is de­ter­mined to pros­e­cute these re­morse­less preda­tors to the fullest ex­tent of the law. These deal­ers will be held ac­count­able for their ac­tions with lengthy prison sen­tences upon con­vic­tion to pro­tect our com­mu­nity from them.”

In ad­di­tion to the MSP Heroin In­ves­tiga­tive Unit, other po­lice agen­cies in­volved in the case in­clude the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, the Tal­bot County Drug Task Force, the Caro­line County Nar­cotics Task Fore, the Kent County Nar­cotics Task Force, the Mary­land State Po­lice Homi­cide Unit, the Mary­land State Po­lice Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle En­force­ment Di­vi­sion, the Ch­ester­town Po­lice Depart­ment, the Kent County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Anne Arun­del County Po­lice Depart­ment, MSP Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Di­vi­sion Cen­tral South, the MSP Gang Unit, Home­land Se­cu­rity, the Metro Area Drug Task Force, the Centreville Po­lice Depart­ment, the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Delaware State Po­lice.

“The multi-ju­ris­dic­tional fo­cus of Mary­land State Po­lice crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions is aimed at dis­man­tling drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions re­spon­si­ble for crim­i­nal en­ter­prises like this one,” Mary­land State Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Col. Wil­liam Pal­lozzi said in a state­ment. “The ex­cep­tional re­sults from in­ves­ti­ga­tions like these high­light the im­por­tance of con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion as po­lice fo­cus on the dis­tri­bu­tion and use of opi­oids and heroin through­out Mary­land.”


A fe­male pris­oner ar­rives at the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.


Queen Anne’s SWAT teams serves a search war­rant at a house in Brownsville.

From left, Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran, Lt. Dwayne Em­bert and Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann at­tend a brief­ing on the sec­ond wave of war­rants to be served early Thursday morn­ing, May 25.

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