15 busted in hotel drug, sex operation out of Anne Arundel Co.
Posted by Associated Press on 16th September 2020

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Fifteen members of an alleged gang were indicted Wednesday on drug and sex trafficking charges that spanned throughout Baltimore and Anne Arundel County.Back in 2019 detectives heard drugs were being sold out of a Comfort Inn hotel in Anne Arundel County. Accused leaders David Brown and Michael Copeland used hotel staff for cover and members of their group to go around, sometimes out of state stocking up on drugs.They even organized for women to have sex for money, drugs, and other favors.For eight-months undercover detectives staked out the location and saw what was happening. Investigators ultimately busted the operation and discovered a trove of weapons, drugs and money.Among the evidence seized; two assault rifles, seven handguns, eight vehicles used to traffic drugs and women, 502 grams of crack cocaine, 119 grams of powder cocaine, more than 3000 grams of marijuana, over 200 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 38 grams of MDMA, 1,316 grams of methamphetamine, and 13 strips of Suboxone, and $27,000 cash.The following suspects have been charged. Each of their cases are expected to be prosecuted in Anne Arundel County.David Tico Brown, 44, Baltimore CityMichael Anthony Copeland, 41, Glen BurnieAntoine Crockett, age 39, Windsor MillTroy Wayne Dunnigan, 24, Glen BurnieCharles Marion Edwards, Jr., 54, Baltimore CityAntoine Folkes 51, PasadenaVernon Ralph Harris, 50, ReisterstownPatrick John Hines, 45, ArbutusJustin Michael Jess, 28, Glen BurnieLawrence Oliver Jones, Jr., 35, Baltimore City,Lawrence Ontario Matthews, 44, Baltimore CityMichael Rebstock, 47, Baltimore CityDerrick Rodney Ricks, 28, Baltimore CityWilliam Henry Shipley, Jr., 28, Baltimore,Andrew Lee Tillman, 36, RosedaleThe investigation was a part of the Maryland Criminal Investigation Network (MCIN) Initiative under the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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