15 gang members indicted in drug, sex trafficking case in in Anne Arundel County & Baltimore County
Fifteen gang members were indicted in connection with "Operation Too Close for Comfort," an investigation into drug distribution and sex trafficking, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Wednesday.
Charges include participation in a gang, possession with intent to distribute heroin/fentanyl, cocaine and MDMA, distribution of controlled dangerous substances and CDS possession and conspiracy in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
The investigation began in 2019 when Anne Arundel County police detectives learned of a large organization selling drugs out of a hotel, the Comfort Inn.
Frosh said the organization's leader, David Brown, used hotel staff and his co-defendants to thwart efforts of law enforcement while keeping members of his organization stocked with illegal narcotics.
Over about eight months, Anne Arundel County detectives conducted surveillance of the defendants and the activities occurring at the hotel and surrounding areas. Frosh said detectives observed members obtaining and distributing drugs, making purchases from members of the organization and observed hand-to-hand drug transactions.
Frosh said detectives learned how David Brown, Michael Copeland and other members of the organization forced women to engage in sex trafficking in exchange for rooms at the hotel, money and illegal narcotics.
Upon arrest two assault rifles and seven handguns, eight vehicles used by members of the organization to traffic illegal drugs and women, as well as 502 grams of crack cocaine, 119 grams of powder cocaine, more than 3,000 grams of marijuana, more than 200 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 38 grams of MDMA, 1,316 grams of methamphetamine and 13 strips of suboxone in addition to $27,000 in cash.
Those indicted include:
David Tico Brown, 44, of Baltimore
Michael Anthony Copeland, 41, of Glen Burnie
Antoine Crockett, age 39, of Windsor Mill
Troy Wayne Dunnigan, 24, of Glen Burnie
Charles Marion Edwards Jr., 54, of Baltimore
Antoine Folkes 51, of Pasadena
Vernon Ralph Harris, 50, of Reisterstown
Patrick John Hines, 45, of Arbutus
Justin Michael Jess, 28, of Glen Burnie
Lawrence Oliver Jones Jr., 35, of Baltimore
Lawrence Ontario Matthews, 44, of Baltimore
Michael Rebstock, 47, of Baltimore
Derrick Rodney Ricks, 28, of Baltimore
William Henry Shipley Jr., 28, of Baltimore
Andrew Lee Tillman, 36, of Rosedale