LA PLATA, Md. (Jan. 2, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.
DRUG ARREST: On Dec. 28 at 6:09 a.m., the Charles County Sheriffs Offices Community Policing (COPS) Unit, Emergency Services Team and patrol officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2500 block of Robinson Place in Waldorf. Officers recovered $3,000 worth of cocaine, $450 worth of Ecstasy pills, $20 worth of marijuana, scales, packaging supplies, cell phones and a loaded handgun. China Richardson, 27, and William Anthony Smothers, 24, who reside there, were arrested at the scene. They were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and manufacturing equipment and were being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. The search warrant and subsequent arrests were part of an on-going investigation by COPs Officer C. Caldwell.
FUGITIVE ARREST: On Dec. 28 about midnight, Charles County Sheriffs officers located Deante Mandell Duckett, 22, of Brandywine at a residence in the 3000 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf. Duckett was wanted for contempt and for violating probation for armed robbery. Officers arrested Duckett after finding him hiding in a sofa. The arrest was a joint effort between the Vice/Narcotics unit, Patrol and K9 unit. Duckett is being held without bond at the Charles County Detention Center.
POLICE PURSUIT: On Dec. 27 at 2:45 p.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers attempted to stop a Ford truck traveling north on Route 301 and being driven by Shawn Maurice Price, 43, of Bel Alton, who was wanted for assault. Price, whose whereabouts had been reported by a citizen who saw him on the road, refused to stop. Price fled to Forgotten Farm Place where officers ended their pursuit of his vehicle because it left the road. The officers found his vehicle soon after but it was unoccupied. Officers continued searching for Price. Several citizens reported seeing Price nearby and at 4:28 p.m., officers located and arrested him near an asphalt plant. Price was served warrants for first- and second-degree assault and failing to appear in court for destruction of property charges. Price was also charged with reckless driving, negligent driving, fleeing and eluding, driving on a suspended license, speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner. Maryland State Police troopers and an MSP helicopter assisted in the search for Price. Officer D. Baker investigated.