St. Mary's 'High Crime Area' Patrol Nets Six Illegal Alien Arrests - Southern Maryland Headline News

St. Mary's 'High Crime Area' Patrol Nets Six Illegal Alien Arrests

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. - On January 19, 2007, a team of St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Deputies conducted specific pro-active enforcement in the Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement (CSAFE) area of Lexington Park. CSAFE is a program that coordinates law enforcement and crime prevention strategies in high crime areas. The program is administered by the Md. Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

As a result of the efforts more than fifty "street contacts" were made. Twenty vehicle stops were conducted that led to an arrest for driving while suspended and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). One suspect was arrested at a local bar for an open warrant. One suspect was arrested for indecent exposure when he was found consuming alcoholic beverages and urinating in the parking lot of an establishment.

While conducting a patrol check, the team members located a suspect attempting to sell a controlled dangerous substance to two individuals. Police say he was found to have crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana on his person and the packaging indicated the intent for sale.

Police also identified six illegal aliens. Five of the illegals were from Mexico and one was from China. That information will be forwarded to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said that they will continue to identify problem areas throughout the county and utilize these same pro-active measures of enforcement in the future.

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