Five More Arrests in War-On-Drugs in St. Mary's - Southern Maryland Headline News

Five More Arrests in War-On-Drugs in St. Mary's


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Jan. 12, 2008)—The so-called war on drugs saw more arrests in St. Mary's County this past week. Five people were arrested as a result of the execution of three search warrants.

The actions were undertaken by the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) Narcotics Division. The Division is an investigative team comprised of Detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police Drug Enforcement Division and Federal Drug Agents (HIDTA Group 34).

On January 10, BCI detectives, assisted by St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team and K-9 Officers, executed a narcotics search warrant on a Lexington Park residence. The residence, located on Tree Top Road, was identified as a possible marijuana growing location.

Once inside detectives say they located an active marijuana grow operation which included: $11,000.00 worth of marijuana plants, approximately 68 grams of cultivated marijuana, grow equipment and other items related to the sale of marijuana.

Mark Alan Henson, 44, and Matthew Lowell Allen, 33, both of Tree Top Road, were arrested and charged. Additional charges are pending a State's Attorney's Office review.

On January 11, Vice Narcotics detectives, being assisted by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team and K-9 Officers, executed two separate search and seizure warrants.

The first warrant was executed on the home and vehicle of Calvin Dilmera Berry, 23, of Lexington Park. Police say a small amount of marijuana was recovered. Berry was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The second search warrant was executed on the home of Dwayne Audrey Pratt, a/k/a Moody, 35, of Lexington Park, and Fonda Renea Battle, 34, of Lexington Park. Police say a quantity of marijuana was recovered along with a scale, $420.00 and other items of evidence. Both were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Additional charges are pending a State's Attorney's Office review.

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