Historic Drug and Firearms Seizure Follows Long-Term Anne Arundel County Police Investigation

A collaboration between federal, state, and county law enforcement leads to a historic victory spearheaded by the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

In a joint press conference, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad praised the work of her police department for their long-term efforts on an investigation that lead to the largest drug and firearms seizure in Anne Arundel County history. Chief Awad made this announcement flanked by County Executive Steuart Pittman, Attorney General Anthony Brown, representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as elected officials.

The work of the Anne Arundel County investigators led to the indictment of ten individual drug traffickers, 18kg of cocaine, and 21 firearms. While these threats were effectively removed from the Severn and Glen Burnie areas of Anne Arundel County, officials assured that the size of this seizure has saved lives across the state of Maryland as well as ensured the safety of communities and children that are regular victims of these activities. Although this operation had local roots, the effects are felt far and wide.

Attorney General Brown reiterated that these seizures were not stumbled upon by chance but were located and recovered as a direct result of the investigative collaboration between the Anne Arundel Police, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and the federal DEA. County Executive Pittman thanked specifically the officers on the beat who spent tiresome hours collecting evidence and working with detectives as they built a case that has removed ten dealers from the streets. WBAL TV notes the investigation followed these ten individuals across multiple and separate conspiracies, making effective collaboration across departments an absolute necessity to this outcome.