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News Release, Charles County Sheriff’s Office

La Plata, MD- On March 5, Anoop Aggarwal, 22, of Waldorf, was arrested by detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Narcotics Enforcement Section, along with Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division, in connection with solicitation to murder a local businessman. 

Detectives were notified about the murder-for-hire plot while conducting another criminal investigation into Aggarwal. That investigation was initiated in mid-February during a time when Aggarwal was selling and trading cocaine to people in exchange for stolen property.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned of the solicitation and immediately pursued additional leads which led investigators to obtain multiple search warrants at various locations connected to the suspect. During the searches, detectives recovered a large amount of money, contraband, narcotics, and other items.

“This is an excellent example of how our detectives were able to work collectively with our federal partners and the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office to bring this potentially dangerous situation to a quick closure, preventing anybody from being harmed,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry.

Aggarwal was charged with solicitation to kill and murder a person and two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He is currently being held in the Charles County Detention Center with no bond. The CCSO is not identifying the intended victim.

The investigation into the fencing operation is ongoing as the stolen property is being identified.

Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Detective Johnson at (301) 609-6453.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS or submitting a tip online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

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