St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 14, 2008) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

BREAKING AND ENTERING MOTOR VEHICLES: From July 11 - 13 the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to twelve breaking, entering, and thefts from motor vehicles. Eight of the motor vehicle B & E's occurred in the parking lots of various business in the California and Lexington Park areas. In eight of thefts, GPS systems were stolen. Sheriff Cameron can not express enough the importance in removing all items of value from view when your vehicle is unattended. In addition, Sheriff Cameron is asking citizens to please be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. Anyone with information about these thefts from motor vehicle or any other crime is asked to call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: On July 11 Deputies McCoy and Safford responded to Valley Court in Lexington Park to investigate a report of possible controlled dangerous substance violations involving five male suspects. Upon arrival, four of the suspects fled into the wood line. An inspection of the area revealed numerous "blunt" cigars commonly used to smoke marijuana. Deputy McCoy made contact with William Ambrose Fenwick, age 18 of Lexington Park. Deputy McCoy asked Mr. Fenwick for permission to conduct a pat down of his person for weapons and Mr. Fenwick consented. During the pat down Deputy McCoy felt a bulge consistent with the size and packaging of controlled dangerous substance in Mr. Fenwick's pocket. Deputy McCoy recovered a small bag containing suspected marijuana. Fenwick was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: On July 12 Deputy Campbell responded to an area on New Market Turner Road in Charlotte Hall for a report of a person walking in the middle of the roadway. Upon arrival Deputy Campbell he observed a subject, later identified as Jason Ryan Hancock, age 24 of La Plata, walking along the shoulder of the road. Deputy Campbell activated his emergency equipment and Mr. Hancock laid down in the thick brush along the roadway. Deputy Campbell ordered Mr. Hancock out of the brush and he complied. Deputy Campbell conducted a pat down of Mr. Hancock for weapons. During the pat down Deputy Campbell felt and object which appeared to be a smoking device in Mr. Hancock's pocket. The object was removed. It was a smoking device containing suspect marijuana residue. Hancock was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and Possession of CDS paraphernalia.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: Narcotics detectives executed a search and seizure warrant on a residence on Sayre Drive in Great Mills. Detectives found that the homeowners were in possession of both marijuana and cocaine. Denise Ann Thorp-Knott, age 44 of Great Mills, was charged with possession of marijuana. Stephen Thomas Knott, age 42 of Great Mills, was charged with possession of cocaine. A guest at the home, Matthew Tokuji Mikesell, age 29 of Lexington Park, was found to be in possession of marijuana and a related smoking device. He was charged accordingly.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: Vice-Narcotics Detectives began an investigation into Charles Ray Reid, age 20 of Mechanicsville, and his distribution of marijuana. A controlled purchase of marijuana was made and search and seizure warrants were executed. Marijuana, packaging materials, and ledgers were discovered. Reid was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. He was being held on $45,000.00 cash bond pending a hearing before the District Court Commissioner. An Indictment is pending a State's Attorney's Office and Grand Jury review.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: Over a several month period, vice narcotics detectives made purchases in various amount of crack cocaine from Suspect Devone Artice Hall, age 20 of Chaptico. His operation was located in the northern end of St. Mary's County. Search warrants led to the recovery of cocaine, money, handguns, and a vehicle. Hall was arrested on three open Grand Jury Indictments for distribution of cocaine. Additional charges are pending.

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