Combined Police Effort in Queen Anne’s County Results in Takedown of Four Separate Drug Trafficking Organizations
(Queen Anne’s County, MD) – The Maryland State Police report a combined law enforcement effort led to multiple arrests and the takedown of four separate drug trafficking organizations operating throughout Queen Anne’s County, all of which are believed to have been heavily involved in the distribution of heroin, cocaine, and prescription pills.
Those arrested and charged are identified as:
Wayne Howard Crew, 57, of Chestertown, MD
Theresa Ann Crew, 57, of Chestertown, MD
Jesse Lee Capel, 53, of Chestertown, MD
Donta Lamont Miles, 42, Grasonville, MD
Carl David Mealey, 40, of Centreville, MD
Jeremiah Eugene Lynch, 36, of Annapolis, MD
Eric Lewis Clark, 42, of Grasonville, MD
Henry Jefferson Gray, 57, Grasonville, MD
Donald Dwight Hughes, 62, of Queenstown, MD
Michael Nathaniel Reives, 43, of Grasonville, MD
Michael Gerald Henderson, 57, of Chester, MD
Kenneth Ellsmore Harris, 60, Chestertown, MD
Apollonia Kateria Ryans, 31, of Grasonville, MD
Antwaine Eric Wilson, 27, of Grasonville, MD
William Doran, 50, of Newark, DE
Police say all fifteen individuals above are criminally charged on multiple counts of possession with the intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances. Police served 28 separate search warrants with 31 indictments on 15 individuals. The indictments consisted of 120 separate criminal charges plus 4 on view felony arrests. Each of the arrestees faces sentencing to include multiple years of imprisonment and thousands of dollars in fines.
Over $33,500 of U.S. currency was seized during the arrests. Police also seized 16 vehicles and recovered 6 firearms, 1 bullet proof vest, over 530 grams of marijuana, almost 400 grams of cocaine, 16 grams of heroin and 228 Oxycodone pills.
Pictured above from left to right: Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson, Lt. Tim McDonald (MSP), Capt. Kersey (NRP), Chief Charles Rhodes (CPD), Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hoffman.
The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force began the intense investigation in January 2016, after investigators developed information indicating several distinct drug trafficking organizations were operating in Queen Anne’s County. Police learned these operations were responsible for importing large amounts of heroin, crack and powder cocaine, marijuana and Oxycodone into the region for over a decade.
The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Queen Anne’s County Office of the State’s Attorney, the Centreville Police Department, the Maryland Natural Resources Police, and members of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Task force investigators believes some of the individuals arrested, operated businesses in the area to provide a cover for the illegal activities.
Police officers involved in the arrests include:
Maryland State Police: Centreville Barrack, State Apprehension Team, Criminal Enforcement Division, and Special Operations Division K-9 Unit
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office
Homeland Security Investigations
Centreville Police Department
Maryland Natural Resources Police
Queen Anne’s County States Attorney Office
Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force
Talbot County Drug Task Force
Kent County Narcotics Task Force
Similar cooperative enforcement efforts are expected in the future as law enforcement cooperation in Queen Anne’s County continues as police officers work together to keep the county safe. This investigation is continuing with further arrests pending.