News Release, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

Progress Made Dismantling Violent Gang Networks, Multiple Arrests

ANNAPOLIS, MD –The Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) model has achieved record arrest rates and successfully targeted violent gangs and drug trafficking organizations statewide during the month of January. These results were identified as a direct result of the MCIN model, funded by the Hogan Administration through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.Announced by Governor Hogan on December 15, 2017, MCIN is a criminal justice strategy, coordinated at the local, state, and federal levels targeting gangs, drug, firearms, and human trafficking.

“The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is an integral part of Governor Hogan’s comprehensive strategy to work across jurisdictions to dismantle criminal organizations, remain ahead of potential threats, and to keep our state and citizens safe,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “The success for this effort is a direct result of the strong collaboration among federal, state and local partners.”

  • The Baltimore Police Departmentconducted a four-month investigation into a violent gang and drug trafficking organization, known as Black Magic, operating in one of Baltimore’s most violent neighborhoods. This collaborative effort resulted in 11 arrests and the seizure of seven illegal firearms, $16,000 in cash, 435 gel caps of fentanyl, 100 grams of suspected fentanyl, and 460 vials of suspected cocaine. The State’s Attorney Office used the drug kingpin statute, which has a 20-year minimum sentence to dismantle the organization.
  • The Cumberland Police Departmentconducted a successful warrant sweep operation resulting in 35 arrests on 42 warrants. One suspect, arrested for 2nd degree murder, was a known MCIN target for firearm and drug trafficking. The Cumberland MCIN Coalition also conducted a human trafficking operation in partnership with the Maryland State Police to identify potential criminal networks.
  • The Hyattsville Police Departmentrecently arrested four individuals for committing multiple robberies against taxi cab drivers in the City of Hyattsville. Through the MCIN grant, detectives were able to work together and quickly identify the suspects. As a result of this investigation, all suspects were arrested and charged. A “Search & Seizure Warrant” was obtained and executed on their residence.
  • The Maryland State Policearrested a Cecil County man on firearms and drug charges following a multi-jurisdictional, multi-state investigation. The suspect was charged with five counts of possession of a rifle/shotgun with a prior felony conviction, five counts of the use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of controlled dangerous substances and possession of illegal ammunition. For cross-border, multi-jurisdictional cases such as this, the MCIN’s efforts are led by the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit.

MCIN is focused on criminal networks impacting multiple jurisdictions and leverages cross-agency, cross-border collaboration. It is a key element of Maryland’s public safety strategy and provides the basis for data-driven decision-making, both operationally and for policy development. The goal of this program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal networks through collaboration and comprehensive data sharing. The purpose of the MCIN program is to enhance coordination among public safety partner agencies to ensure that tactics, resources, and intelligence are integrated for the purpose of targeting criminal networks and gangs. This integration includes enforcement, prevention, intervention, and reentry strategies.

MCIN aligns state resources to provide a streamlined, coordinated operational plan which currently includes the following 13 MCIN Coalitions: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Cecil County, Cumberland, Dorchester County, Frederick, Hagerstown, Hyattsville, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Salisbury.

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