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Fifteen people indicted in relation to criminal organization, drug trafficking in Glen Burnie, Baltimore

Fifteen people were indicted Wednesday on charges related to a drug trafficking ring based in and around Glen Burnie’s Morris Hill community, as well as in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Anne Arundel Police Chief Amal Awad announced the indictments of the seven defendants that face multiple charges, including participation in a criminal organization, assault, and conspiracy to distribute drugs, and eight defendants that are charged with drug and firearm-related counts.

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The defendants include high-ranking members of a gang called the Bloods. Other defendants are associated or related to members of the gang, according to the defendants’ indictment.

The investigation was led by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office in coordination with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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“These individuals were members of an organized criminal and illegal drug organization,” Frosh said in a statement. “They were violent and terrorized residents of the community in which they conducted their illegal activity. I appreciate the collaborative efforts of our law enforcement partners to help get these drugs and guns off the street and bring these individuals to justice.”

The investigation into the drug-trafficking organization began as a result of the Nov. 18, 2019, homicide of Xavier Green. He was shot multiple times and killed at his home in the Morris Hill community in Glen Burnie. The investigation revealed Green, 28, was a member of a drug-trafficking organization and was planning to move out of the neighborhood the next day.

Investigators later learned the firearm used to kill Green was recovered near the scene of a shootout in Baltimore City that claimed the life of an innocent bystander, Carolyn McFadden, 73. That firearm was one of over 50 firearms that was stolen during the burglary of a gun store in Baltimore County in November 2018.

No arrests have been made in Green’s murder.

“I am proud of the men and women of our Homicide Unit and Special Enforcement Section for their hard work and commitment in ridding our community of these violent criminals,” Awad said in a statement. “Their tenacity throughout this long-term investigation resulted in the dismantling of a violent drug trafficking organization.”

A long-term investigation revealed the criminal organization distributed drugs, mainly marijuana and oxycodone, on a nearly daily basis to customers in and around the Morris Hill community in Anne Arundel as well as in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, police said.

As part of their control over the Morris Hill neighborhood, the organization monitored people entering and exiting the area and at one time threatened an undercover detective who was in the area in his vehicle. Members possessed firearms to protect their drug distribution territory and utilized houses in Anne Arundel and Baltimore County to store weapons, drugs, and ammunition.

A total of six firearms were recovered during the investigation along with ammunition, approximately 15 pounds of marijuana, 167 grams of cocaine, 270 grams of oxycodone, as well as Morphine and Tramadol.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in Green’s murder. Individuals with information may remain anonymous by contacting the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Download P3Tips APP and submit a TIP or submit by web at www.metrocrimestoppers.org.

Individuals Indicted

  • Aaron Berg, Glen Burnie
  • Je’Kwon Desean Austin, Glen Burnie
  • Deniko Darrel Carter, Baltimore City
  • Purnell Jermaine Carter, Jr., Baltimore City
  • Purnell Jermaine Carter, Sr., Owings Mill
  • Shirley Carter, Glen Burnie
  • Thomas Carter, Glen Burnie
  • Marice Tavon Coates, Baltimore
  • Marcus Enoch Jones, Anne Arundel
  • Tracey Lee Loadholt, Anne Arundel
  • Shytiea McKeever, Baltimore City
  • Maurice Richardson, Baltimore City
  • Jeremiah Jayden Shuron, Anne Arundel
  • Steven Stasevich, Baltimore County
  • Bryant Gregory Whitfield, Glen Burnie

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