Havre de Grace Police said they have arrested at least two people and charged them in connection with an ongoing drug investigation into what police called an open-air drug market in Battery Village, according to charging documents.

Police conducted anti-drug operations in the 400 block of Battery Drive on Aug. 24, Aug. 29 and Sept. 7, according to charging documents for Nicole C. Beam, 37, the main renter of one of several homes "identified as a source or storage area for illegal narcotics in the neighborhood and town."


The "small community has been the scope of an ongoing narcotics investigation for the past 12 months involving a dozen or so known narcotic dealers and traffickers," an officer who has taken part in more than 1,100 drug-related arrests in 21 years with both Havre de Grace and Baltimore City police departments wrote in the statement of charges.

Two Maryland men have been charged as drug kingpins after police found about a kilogram each of suspected cocaine and heroin during a traffic stop in Harford County earlier this week, according to information provided during their bail reviews Wednesday afternoon.

"This area is considered an open air drug market where illegal drugs are bought and sold on a daily basis," the officer wrote, adding that the "techniques of distribution" had been noted "over the last year."

Beam is facing multiple charges in connection with the drug cases, including distributing narcotics, manufacturing narcotics, possessing a drug other than marijuana, possessing narcotics with intent to distribute, having narcotics production equipment and creating a community nuisance by distributing drugs, according to online records.

At 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 24, officers watched Mario Sawyer, who they called "a known and established narcotics dealer," enter and exit Beam's Battery Drive home with a "suspected substance," according to charging documents.

The vehicle was stopped at Ohio and Ontario streets and, with the help of a drug-sniffing dog, police found a baggie of suspected cocaine and four packages of Suboxone, used to treat opioid addiction, in the car, according to charging documents.

Police also found six folded pieces of paper containing suspected heroin in one of the suspects' pockets, according to charging documents.

The number of people who have died from heroin in Harford County so far this year has surpassed the 2015 total, with the county recording 29 deaths from the opioid just in time, ironically, for International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday.

After identifying Beam as the main resident and renter of the house, police arrested her and charged her with various drug-related offenses between Saturday and Tuesday, according to online court records.

At 10:04 p.m. on Aug. 29, the officer watched the driver of a pick-up truck enter the house in the 400 block of Battery Drive and exit. The vehicle was stopped in the 2000 block of Lori Lane, according to charging documents.

A bag recovered from a floor board in the vehicle was identical to the package of suspected cocaine bought earlier, according to charging documents.

On Sept. 7, officers identified suspects acting similarly to the previous suspected drug customers, noting the house in the 400 block of Battery Village is suspected specifically of selling crack cocaine.

Havre de Grace Police said Mario Sawyer, 38, of the 800 block of Earlton Road, was arrested Sept. 20 in the 1800 block of Pulaski Highway on a warrant charging him with drug distribution and possession.

Police spokesperson Julie Morgan did not have any information Wednesday on the identities of any other suspects in the charging documents.

"If others were mentioned, they have not been charged yet," she said.