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Resident's complaint leads to large drug bust in Ellicott City

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Posted at 10:32 AM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 18:34:18-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — An Ellicott City resident’s complaint about suspicious activity kicked off a four-month investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old Howard County man accused of dealing drugs from his apartment.

In January, police received a tip about drug activity occurring along Autumn Branch Lane, Howard County Police said. An investigation commenced, and police developed Joshua Weinberg, of the 3000 block of Autumn Branch Lane, as a suspect in the selling of drugs from his apartment. Police obtained a warrant and executed a search of Weinberg’s apartment on May 10.

In the search, officers found 5.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, as well as cannabis, THC wax/oil, crystal ketamine, cocaine, crystal MDMA, MDMA pills, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, Xanax, amphetamine pills, Suboxone pills and strips, Clonazepam pills, drug paraphernalia, and about $14,500 in cash. Police also said they found evidence of drug manufacturing and selling.

Weinberg was arrested and charged with 32 counts of drug possession and distribution. He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on no bond.

Police are continuing to investigate, and anyone who wishes to report suspected drug acting can do so anonymously by contact police at 410-290-DRUG or emailing