CUMBERLAND — The arrests of a New York man, two Baltimore men and a Westernport woman were announced Thursday by Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson as a result of a police crackdown on alleged drug activity in Westernport and the Georges Creek area.
The arrests follow various residents’ complaints about drug activity that were made during a public meeting in June at the Westernport Town Hall.
The initial arrest occurred July 19 when a search-and-seizure warrant was executed at a residence at 439 Vine St. William Barmore, 39, of Bronx, N.Y., was arrested by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the C3I Narcotics Task Force, Cumberland Police Department and Maryland State Police.
Barmore was taken into custody on a warrant on file in New York for an alleged parole violation relating to felony possession of a handgun in the New York City area.
Investigators seized a quantity of cocaine and marijuana inside the residence when Barmore was arrested. He was jailed at the Allegany County Detention Center before he was released Wednesday to the custody of New York law enforcement.
“There will be several additional arrests in the very near future as that investigation continues,” said Robertson a short time after announcing the arrests.
The sheriff also announced the Tuesday night arrests of George Lamont Smith, 22, and Timothy Lowell Brown, 21, both of Baltimore, and Keri Ann Donaldson, 23, of Westernport, made during simultaneous execution of search warrants by the Garrett County SWAT Team and the Cumberland Police Emergency Response Team at 14813 Broadway St., apartment A, in Midland and at 111 Walnut St. in Westernport.
The arrests were made without incident and led to discovery and seizure of eight grams of crack cocaine (14 individual prepackaged quantities in $100 increments) and 17.1 grams of suspected heroin (in 21 individual capsules). The street value of the heroin was placed at $4,200 and at $1,400 for the crack cocaine.
At the time of the arrests, two 3-year-old children were located at one of the residences and were turned over to the custody of the Department of Social Services, police said.
Smith was charged with 15 criminal offenses, including various counts of distribution and possession of crack cocaine and heroin and conspiracy; and Brown with 13 criminal offenses of distribution of heroin and crack cocaine and conspiracy. Both defendants were charged with possession of marijuana.
Smith remained jailed Thursday morning on $150,000 bond after bail review in district court, according to electronic court records.
Brown was jailed on $50,000 after his bail was reviewed by a district court judge.
Donaldson was arrested on drug distribution, possession and conspiracy charges among 10 criminal offenses. She remained jailed Thursday on $30,000 after the bail amount was reviewed in district court.
The arrests of Smith, Brown and Donaldson apparently stemmed an investigation into complaints of “sales and distribution of crack cocaine throughout the Georges Creek area and subsequent investigation that determined a group of individuals from the Baltimore area was distributing a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine throughout the Westernport and Midland area of Georges Creek,” Robertson said.
The sheriff said the C3I Narcotics Task Force led the investigations that culminated in the four arrests.
“These investigations were made possible by information and patience of the citizens who provided information to us,” said Robertson. “The cases involved surveillance and use of informants but much of this information was provided by Georges Creek citizens.
“We want more information and we want to continue to hear from our citizens,” said Robertson.
Robertson said the arrests announced Thursday were significant but did not mark the end of drug activity in the state Route 36 corridor of Georges Creek.
The law enforcement response Tuesday night was also witnessed by Allegany County Commissioner Creade Brodie Jr. “Commissioner Brodie wanted to watch how things were conducted and he volunteered to accompany us. Our officers really appreciated that he took time out and showed up,” said the sheriff.
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