Police raid Crofton apartment for drugs, arrest two

CROFTON, Md. - Anne Arundel County officials admit to a heroin problem.  Police Wednesday raided a Crofton apartment, netting $4,000 worth of drugs and two arrests.

Noelani Joyner is back in the Crofton neighborhood for the same reason she left. 

"A lot of people I haven't seen around here would be coming and walking in and out, kind of like it was a store," said Joyner. 

She was sick of the drug activity at the Crofton Village Apartments, so she moved away.  But on Thursday, Joyner's friend wanted her help.  She lives in the same apartment building police raided late Wednesday night. 

"She used her car, and the police ended up following her all the way to Bowie.  And my friend was like how do you know I was in Bowie,  like we've been watching Jessica Scruggs for awhile," said Joyner.

Jessica Scruggs, 23, lived in the apartment with Byron Hawkins, 32, from Alabama.  Both were arrested and face multiple drug charges.

Police took in heroin, marijuana, and Oxycodone pills, with street value of about $4,000, plus over $600 in cash.   

Anne Arundel County police say getting more heroin off the street will help with an growing problem, where 13 people have died this year alone in the county after overdosing on the drug.  It marks a big increase over recent years.  

"As it's been documented, we're equipping our officers with Narcan, which essentially can reverse the side effects of a heroin overdose," said Justin Mulcahy, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman.