Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Assists In Taking Down Major Drug Operation In Hagerstown Last Week

Five people were arrested; large quantities of drugs confiscated.

Drugs, money, weapons confiscated during an operation last week in Hagerstown.  (Photos from the Frederick County Sheriff’s  Office)

Hagerstown, Md (KM) Large quantities of narcotics were confiscated during a drug bust last week in Hagerstown, in which the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office participated.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, working with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force and Hagerstown Druga Enforcement Administration, served search and seizure warrants on three locations in Hagerstown on Thursday, February 9th.. They were  the 11200 Block of Grouse Lane South;  the 200 block of South Potomac Street; and 200 block of Wakefield Road.

The search netted $8799 in cash; two, nine-millimeter handguns; 2.8 pounds of cocaine;  1.1 pounds of fentanyl;  approximately, a half pound of crack cocaine; 2.3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine;  16 pounds of marijuana;  569 oxycodone pills and 1,152 M30  fentanyl pills which were to be sold as counterfeit oxycodone.

The total street value of the drugs is estimated at $750,000. “This was one the largest seizure I’ve been involved with in my time in narcotics,” says Lt. Sedat Caliskan, the commander of the Narcotics Section of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The five suspect arrested are:

Fleance Tyrone Archie, age 45

Possession with intent to distribute fentanyl
Maintaining a common nuisance for the illegal storage of Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS)
Possession of large amount of fentanyl
Possession of cocaine (2 counts)
Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession of heroin
Possession with intent to distribute heroin
Possession of methamphetamine
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
Possession of fentanyl
Possession of a large amount of cocaine
Possession of marijuana over the civil amount

Eugene Russell Lattisaw, age 40

Maintaining a common nuisance for the illegal storage of CDS
Possession of crack cocaine
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Possession of CDS paraphernalia

Terrence Tyrell Major Jr., age 60

Possession of crack cocaine

Terrell Lashore Owens, age 50

Possession of a firearm with a felony conviction
Illegal possession of ammunition

Nasir Tyreque Truax, age 20

Possession of a firearm by a minor

All five were taken to the Washington County Adult Detention Center.

L:t. Caliskan says the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force consisting of other law enforcement agencies inside and outside of Frederick County. “And the way our unit is set up, a lot of our cases do travel outside of the Frederick County jurisdiction,” he says. “We’re prominently concerned for our background here in Frederick County, responsible for the drug laws here in Frederick County.”

“The public should recognize that this is a very significant, large-scale investigation that took down a major drug supplier to the region,”: says Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, in a statement. “The numerous months of investigation consumed many hours of manpower..”

“The quantities of fentanyl and crystal meth,  believed to have come from Mexico, were by far the largest quantities seized in the local Frederick–Washington County region. This major take down is a clear win for law enforcement and with the quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl pills seized and  removed off the streets, it is no doubt lives will be saved. This is yet another example of our strong and effective ongoing drug enforcement efforts in Frederick County.”

Other agencies taking part in this operation include the Frederick, Hagerstown and Brunswick Police Departments, the Washington and Frederick County State’s Attorneys Offices and the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

By Kevin McManus