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Police: Increased reports of indecent exposure in Laurel linked to presence of PCP

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 17:21:29-04

LAUREL, Md. — There have been increased reports of indecent exposure in Laurel due to an increased presence of PCP in the area.

Over the past several weeks police have experienced an increase in reports of indecent exposure in Laurel along the 198 corridor adjacent to the Russett community.

Community members have reported seeing unclothed individuals, and individuals exhibiting unusually aggressive, anxious and perceived delusional behaviors.

Also, over the past several weeks, Western District detectives have received complaints about illegal drug distribution occurring in the same area and have been investigating these complaints.

On July 7, detectives arrested a man who was in possession of a small amount of PCP (Phencyclidine), a dangerous hallucinogen. As a result of a continuing investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant and recovered just under 300 grams of suspected CDS (the lab test is pending) and over $10,000 in cash.

Two suspects were arrested during the execution of the warrant. It is believed the increase in cases of indecent exposure and other aberrant behavior is linked to an increased presence of PCP in this neighborhood.

Police say the effects of PCP on individuals who ingest the drug pose a safety threat to community members.

They are asking for help from the community. Anyone who observes individuals behaving strangely or exhibiting unusual behavior, such as public nudity or other odd or irrational behaviors, is asked to call 911 immediately and report it.

A person under the influence of PCP may exhibit any or all of the following symptoms:

• Blank stare
• Rapid, involuntary eye movements, typically side to side
• Changes to stride or gait
• Drooling
• Loss of balance
• Catatonic trance
• Twitches, shudders, or random, uncontrolled movements
• Physical exertion without perception of pain or muscle strain
• Sweating or flushing due to increased body temperature

If you know someone who is addicted to any drugs and needs help, have them go to any of our Safe Stations located at all Fire Stations throughout the county or call our Crisis Warmline 410-768-5522 for 24/7 help and support.

If you have any questions please contact the Western District at 410-222-6155.