Baltimore (September 29, 2020) - Today, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and the Baltimore Police Department's (BPD) West Side Major Case Squad, announced the indictment of seven suspected drug trafficking organization members, charged with a range of crimes from Conspiracy to Volume Dealer, as well as Possession With Intent to Distribute. If convicted of all charges, the group faces a total of 480 years imprisonment. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
In April, BPD West Side Major Case Squad detectives, Ryan McLaughlin and David MacNeill, led the investigation into the "One Way" Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) operating in the 1800 block of W. Lombard Street. Investigators observed seven members of the DTO trafficking fentanyl throughout Baltimore City between April and September of 2020.
According to the indictment, the alleged drug trafficking organization, composed of seven individuals, including Javahn Wilson and Richard Cooper who have been arrested, distributed quantities of fentanyl in and around the area of the 1800 block of Lombard Street. Wilson and Cooper, along with the five other alleged suspects, face a total of 30 counts of charges including Possession With Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy, Volume Dealer, and CDS Distribution.
The investigation led to the seizure of: suspected cocaine, suspected fentanyl, other suspected CDS, cutting agents, ammunition, approximately $22,000 USD, and drug paraphernalia
Items were seized from target search locations including a cut house on the 1800 block of Fairmount Avenue; a stash house on the 800 block of Fairmount Avenue; DTO member's homes on Cherry Hill Road, Lincoln Avenue, and W. Baltimore Street, and two vehicles.
“Continuous collaboration and partnership is key to tackling the violence in our city,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “As illustrated today, data-driven tactics, and forthright and deliberate sharing among all local, state, and federal law enforcement partners can strategically combat the violence plaguing our communities."
“The Baltimore Police Department is committed to making our streets safer and working in collaboration with all of our law enforcement partners to reduce crime in our neighborhood,” said Commissioner Harrison. “I look forward to many more cases like this one in the months and years ahead, as we work together to create a safer Baltimore.”
This investigation was a coordinated effort between the Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City State’s Attorney under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services provides grant funding and strategic support to MCIN member sites to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations through inter-agency collaboration and data sharing to make Maryland safer.
“We are pleased to provide resources that allow police and prosecutors to address the violent crime in Baltimore City, and make progress in realizing Governor Hogan’s vision for making communities in Baltimore City safer,” said Executive Director Glenn Fueston of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. “We see time and again that drug trafficking is responsible for a large portion of violence in Baltimore City. Dismantling this organization through the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network means there are fewer drugs and fewer violent repeat offenders terrorizing our communities.”
The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services funded this project under subaward number, MCIN-2021-0011. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any Maryland State office or agency.