One day before Anne Arundel County police launched a new initiative aimed at crime in "nuisance hotels" along the county's northwestern edge, six people were arrested at the Garden Inn in Laurel.
Police seized thousands of dollars in drugs, weapons and cash Wednesday at the hotel on Fort Meade Road.
All six of those arrested were charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances, possession with the intent to distribute, drug trafficking and related handgun violations. They are:
•Rickey Lee Abell, 25, of Bowie.
•Santana Gemini Hampton, 22, of Laurel.
•Joseph Henry Daniels, 23, of Silver Spring.
•Lorenzo Brodus, 40, of Columbia.
•Jnye Allen Lamar King, 26, of Laurel.
•Tiease Florence Awkward, 29, of Odenton.
Police said they seized $490 worth of crack cocaine, $446 of cocaine, a loaded .25-caliber Galesi-Brescia handgun, $1,208 in cash and a small amount of heroin.
Anne Arundel County officials said Thursday they are devoting additional law enforcement resources and officers to tackle crime spurred by so-called "nuisance hotels" in Laurel but offered no specifics on how the new initiative would work or be funded.
Six instances of narcotics violations at the hotel were reported in 2016, along with one weapons offense, according to data provided by the police department.
County Executive Steve Schuh said during a news conference the county will support an increased effort by law enforcement to clean up the area on Route 198.
Called "Operation Laurel Safe Passage," the initiative will focus on a string of four hotels that have been an area of concentrated drug crime and prostitution, law enforcement officials said.
The County Council is weighing a bill that would allow police to issue a public nuisance notice to businesses with 10 or more "nuisance" arrests, opening the door for the county to force offending businesses to temporarily shut down while they address the issues.