Shore drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion nets ar­rests, seizures

Times-Record - - News - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — A three-year, multi-county drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Dorch­ester County Nar­cotics Task Force and other Eastern Shore law en­force­ment agen­cies net­ted three ar­rests and the seizure of more than $100,000 worth of drugs in Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties Tues­day, March 27.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Mon­suta Cor­nish, 43, of 1382 Cam­bridge Belt­way in Cam­bridge; Rip Cor­nish, 45, of 403 El­don Park in Cam­bridge; and Roy Yvon Bell, 18, 502 Clin­ton Street in Cam­bridge were ar­rested Tues­day, and are be­ing held in the Dorch­ester County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond.

Po­lice said six search and seizure war­rants were served in Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties Tues­day. As a re­sult search po­lice seized six mo­tor ve­hi­cles, one mo­tor­cy­cle, three hand­guns, one shot­gun, 1,131.8 grams of co­caine, 436.4 grams of crack co­caine, 810.6 grams of mar­i­juana and $13,519 in cash.

Dorch­ester County Sher­iff James Phillips praised the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween all of the law en­force­ment agen­cies in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We all work ex­tremely well to­gether,” he said. “We kept work­ing the case. At times, the case stalled un­til we re­ceived new in­for­ma­tion. Hav­ing the re­sources with all the law en­force­ment agen­cies work­ing to­gether re­ally kept the case mov­ing to this point to­day.”

Mon­suta Cor­nish was charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of co­caine, pos­ses­sion of a large amount of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and two counts of pos­ses­sion of para­pher­na­lia.

Rip Cor­nish was charged charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of co­caine, pos­ses­sion of a large amount of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, two counts of pos­ses­sion of para­pher­na­lia, dis­tri­bu­tion of co­caine while in pos­ses­sion of a firearm, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing a drug traf­fick­ing crime, pos­ses­sion of firearms, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a reg­u­lated firearm, pos­ses­sion of a reg­u­lated firearm by a con­victed felon and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute co­caine within a school zone.

Bell was charged with pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute co­caine, pos­ses­sion of co­caine, four counts of pos­ses­sion of para­pher­na­lia, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of a firearm while in­volved in a drug traf­fick­ing crime, car­ry­ing a firearm while in­volved in a drug traf­fick­ing crime, us­ing a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a felony, be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a reg­u­lated firearm while un­der 21 and two counts of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute co­caine within a school zone.

“It is an honor to be here with our col­leagues, cel­e­brat­ing this out­stand­ing suc­cess, out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ship,” said Home­land Se­cu­rity Mary­land Spe­cial Agent In Charge An­dre Wat­son. “Home­land Se­cu­rity ap­pre­ci­ates and rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to work with our state and lo­cal part­ners, which rep­re­sents the best and bright­est that we have in com­bat­ing the threat of transna­tional or­ga­nize crime.

Dorch­ester County Nar­cotics Task Force was as­sisted by mem­bers of the Mary­land State Po­lice, Dorch­ester County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Cam­bridge po­lice, Hur­lock po­lice, Eas­ton po­lice, Wi­comico County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Som­er­set County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, D.E.A., Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Tal­bot County Nar­cotics Task Force, Tal­bot County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Wi­comico County Nar­cotics Task Force, Som­er­set County Nar­cotics Task Force, Sal­is­bury Po­lice, Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Caro­line County Nar­cotics Task Force, Worces­ter County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Worces­ter County Crim­i­nal En­force­ment Team, Po­comoke Po­lice Depart­ment, Ocean City po­lice, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice, Eastern Shore In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter and the El Paso In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

Dorch­ester County State’s At­tor­ney Wil­liam Jones thanked the in­ves­ti­ga­tors who put in the long days and hours that made the case pos­si­ble

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is a re­sult of an in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion among law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in Dorch­ester County for the likes of which are re­ally un­prece­dented,” he said. “What we are see­ing to­day is no one is un­touch­able. The in­creased col­lab­o­ra­tion that we see means that we are see­ing bet­ter re­sults for in­ves­ti­ga­tions like this.”

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