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Maryland State Police make seven more arrests in opioid operation bust

Maryland State Police have made seven more arrests of members of a suspected drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin and fentanyl statewide.

The new arrests bring the total number charged in the alleged drug ring to 14. The 3-year-old investigation, which includes the Department of Homeland Security and Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Police, has uncovered more than 600 grams of suspected heroin and fentanyl, more than 115 grams of marijuana, nearly three kilograms of a cocaine-cutting agent, 52 prescription pills, more than $29,000 in cash, five vehicles and 74 cellphones, officials have said.

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The seven additional arrests include two juveniles, state police said in a statement on Tuesday. Five adults were booked into the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis on various drug-related charges.

Seven people — including one who was shot in the face in Annapolis three years ago — have been charged in a heroin and fentanyl ring that allegedly operated throughout Maryland, State Police say.

They are: Sterling Nugen, 36, of Lusby, Md.; Richard Mattingly, 32, of Leonardtown, Md.; and Bdonshee Wells, 24, of Annapolis. All three have been charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, police said. Wells also faces multiple criminal charges related to criminal gang participation, police said.

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Keyo Fox, 18, of Glen Burnie, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Rachel Keys, 28, of Severna Park, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Attorneys for the five suspects could not be found in court records.

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