ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Authorities arrested nine adults and three juveniles in connection with a major drug dealing operation between Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, department officials announced Tuesday.
Officers from the Annapolis Police Department and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office were assisted by Anne Arundel County police in conducting a seven-month undercover operation. Calvert County investigators discovered drug users were buying heroin from dealers in Annapolis.
According to officials, the ongoing effort began in October last year. Undercover officers conducted 50 "controlled buys" from suspected drug dealers in Annapolis. The investigation yielded more than 100 grams of heroin.
"Heroin is a lot less expensive than pharmaceuticals, where once illegal diversion pharmaceuticals were less expensive," Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said. "There's a federal crackdown so the price went up, the cost went up, and it's a supply and demand matter.”
Of the nine adults who were indicted, five names were released by the Annapolis Police Department Tuesday:
- Kelly Bowers, 24, of Annapolis
- Richard Naylor, 21, of Arnold
- Rishard Naylor, 22, of Annapolis
- Sadie Phillips, 19, of Annapolis
- Adrian Williams, 27, of Annapolis.
Four other names will be released in the coming days, according to officials.
"This multi-agency drug initiative is responsible for getting heroin off the street, dealers behind bars, and creating a safer place for all Annapolis residents," Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides said. "I applaud the law enforcement agencies and departments involved for their diligence in fighting crime in our City."
The operation was carried out in response to an uptick in heroin overdoses.
"The city experienced six fatal overdoses due to heroin in 2013, and one in 2014," according to a release from the Annapolis Police Department. "There have also been 22 non-fatal heroin overdoses reported in 2014. Detectives were able to link nine Anne Arundel County overdoses to suspects indicted in this initiative."
This initiative, as reported by the Annapolis Police Department, has lead to the arrest of a total of 510 people for drug related offenses.