Illegal Drug Arrests in St. Mary's

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 26, 2008)—Arrests for illegal drug violations continue to mount in St. Mary's County. On Tuesday the Narcotics Division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) released the following arrest reports which detail nine arrests:

BOND REVOCATION: John Columbus Courtney, 38, of Leonardtown, was arrested on a bond revocation. Courtney pled guilty to "Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute" and was facing eight years in prison. While awaiting adjudication in that case, he was arrested again on the charge of "Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute." The State's Attorney's Office obtained a warrant through the revocation of Courtney's bond and is he is being held in the St. Mary's County Detention Center without bond.

POSSESSION OF COCAINE: Detectives executed a search and seizure warrant on a former bar known as Fenwick's Tavern. Through investigation it was discovered that the location was a point of distribution for cocaine. Glenn Fitzgerald Fenwick, a/k/a Duke, 46, of California, Md. was arrested for possession of cocaine. Additional charges are pending a State's Attorney's Office review.

INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE: Detectives indicted Justin Brian Russell, 27, formerly of Leonardtown, for "Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute." The charges stem from a search and seizure warrant that was executed on his home on Leonardtown-Hollywood Road. He is currently being held without bail.

POSSESSION OF COCAINE: Steve Lovell Thomas, 38, of Lexington Park, was indicted by detectives after he fled from a vehicle stop and discarded cocaine. The amount of cocaine recovered indicated there was intent to distribute. He is currently being held without bond pending a hearing in the Circuit Court.

MANUFACTURING MARIJUANA: Detectives received information of a marijuana grow in the Great Mills area. A possible suspect was developed and after several days of surveillance, detectives approached the suspect as he tended to the plants. The plants were at the bottom of a ravine and were positioned around a pond. The suspect, Nicholas Alexander Stubbs, a/k/a Alex, 19, of Great Mills, began ripping the plants up and throwing them into the water. Detectives entered the pond and were able to locate two marijuana plants. Stubbs was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana. He faces additional charges after a State's Attorney's Office review.

COCAINE, HANDGUN: Ayse Semra Oztas, 21, of Lexington Park, was arrested after detectives indicted her on felony drug charges and a firearms violation. This case originated in the Patrol Division. She was charged with "Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine" and "Illegal handgun Possession." She is being held without bond.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION: Anthony Leon Brooks, 27, of Lexington Park, was apprehended by detectives and patrol deputies for an open warrant. The warrant was for violation of probation on the original charge of "Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine." He is currently incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detection Center and is being held with out bond.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: Antwon Alexander Gough, 19, of Lexington Park, was arrested for misdemeanor "Possession of Marijuana" after charges were filed by detectives at the conclusion of a vehicle stop. Suspect Gough is awaiting trial in the District Court.

FAKE CRACK CON: Detectives were conducting an investigation in a Lexington Park neighborhood when a suspect was observed packaging what appeared to be cocaine, making it ready for sale. Patrol deputies were called to assist. The suspect, a 16 year-old male, was found to be packaging fake crack for sale. He would serve people that came through the neighborhood the fake crack cocaine and make off with their money. He was charged with "Possession of a Fake Controlled Substance."

The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations Narcotics 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). The Division was established on September 1st, 2007 and is based in St. Mary's County.

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