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Alleged cocaine traffickers busted in Westminster

Police combine forces in months-long investigation
Posted at 4:54 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 17:18:31-04

WESTMINSTER, Md. — Shootings? Stabbings? Drugs?

Over the last six months, people living in the Bishop's Garth Apartment Complex in Westminster have seen it all.

READ MORE: Three arrested in Westminster cocaine trafficking investigation

"The place is getting badder and badder. It's getting worse here," said Walter Foy who has lived in the complex for two years.

But the tide may have turned over the weekend when police raided an apartment armed with search warrants.

"Right over here in the next apartment, they busted the door in over here," Foy said.

Police arrested 35-year-old Mark James Geise on heroin and drug paraphernalia charges, and that arrest paled in comparison to two others, which were months in the making by the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network---an initiative of Governor Larry Hogan that targets criminal networks.

27-year-old Amanda Marie Knight of Westminster faces cocaine distribution charges, as does 26-year-old Maurice Rashaad Garrison of Baltimore who was busted in Carroll County with more than $1,200 in cash on him.

"Well look. We've had cases. This one has tentacles that went from Baltimore into Carroll County,” said Ron Snyder of the Maryland State Police. “We've had cases in recent years where we've made arrests where they've had drugs that started in Baltimore and went out to western Maryland or vice versa, because we have such easy access to various highways whether it be 95, 81, 70 and so forth."

While police stop short of saying such arrests will halt the flow of drugs in Carroll County, they say each one will serve to make the community a little bit safer, and the investigation is far from over.

"These arrests are the initial arrests,” said Snyder. “Our investigation is continuing, and it is our belief that additional arrests could be made in the near future."