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August 17, 2013

Narcotics checkpoints result in 25 arrests

CUMBERLAND — Maryland State Police announced the arrest of 25 individuals on numerous narcotics violations Friday when several law enforcement agencies worked together to conduct vehicle stops along Interstate 68 in the eastern portion of Allegany County.

“This is just one of many narcotics interdiction operations that are being planned in the upcoming months,” said Lt. H.B. Martz of the state police.

Participating in the operation were undercover officers from the C3I Narcotics Task Force, troopers from the Cumberland barrack and the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and a representative from the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office.

In addition to making vehicle stops on Interstate 68, law enforcement officers also set up stops along adjoining roadways in the area.

The state police reported a total of 25 arrests for various violations. A large quantity of suspected marijuana was seized along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

“The Maryland State Police, along with every other law enforcement agency in Allegany County, are committed to combating drug trafficking and distribution,” said Martz.

Personnel from the Maryland State Highway Administration in LaVale also provided support for the operation.

“We will take every opportunity to enforce the laws regarding the transportation, distribution and use of illegal drugs to the extent possible,” said Martz.

The names of those arrested have not been released by police.

State police would like to remind citizens that any illegal drug activity taking place in their community can be reported by calling the Cumberland barrack at 301-729-2101. Anonymous tips can be reported be calling the Allegany/Mineral County Crimesolvers Hotline at 301-722-4300.

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