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Agency reports progress against violent crime in Maryland

Annapolis, MD - On March 7, the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) announced the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) model has achieved key successes in targeting violent gangs and drug trafficking organizations statewide during the month of February. Announced by Governor Hogan on December 15, 2017, MCIN is a criminal justice strategy, coordinated at the local, state, and federal levels targeting gangs, drug, firearms, and human trafficking. MCIN is funded by the Hogan administration through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

“The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is an integral part of the Hogan administration’s comprehensive strategy to work across jurisdictions to dismantle criminal organizations, remain ahead of potential threats, and to keep our state and citizens safe,” said Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “The success of this effort is a direct result of the strong collaboration among federal, state and local partners.”

Key MCIN initiatives targeting violent criminal gangs in the month of February included:

Baltimore City Police Department  - ONE LOVE

  • Secured multiple indictments against 10 members of known drug organization: ONE LOVE
  • Charged on over 27 counts including distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and firearm drug trafficking

Baltimore City Police Department  - Black Magic

  • Secured multiple indictments through a Baltimore City Grand Jury after a four-month investigation into one of Baltimore’s most violent gang and drug trafficking organizations: Black Magic
  • Baltimore City State's Attorney Office used the drug kingpin statute, which carries a 20-year minimum sentence, to dismantle the organization

These results were identified as a direct result of the MCIN model, which focuses on criminal networks impacting multiple jurisdictions and leverages cross-agency, cross-border collaboration. It is a key element of Maryland’s public safety strategy and provides the basis for data-driven decision-making, both operationally and for policy development. The goal of this strategy is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal networks through collaboration and comprehensive data sharing. The purpose of the MCIN program is to enhance coordination among public safety partner agencies to ensure that tactics, resources, and intelligence are integrated for the purpose of targeting criminal networks and gangs. This integration includes enforcement, prevention, intervention, and reentry strategies.

MCIN aligns state resources to provide a streamlined, coordinated operational plan which currently includes the following 13 MCIN Coalitions: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Cecil County, Cumberland, Dorchester County, Frederick, Hagerstown, Hyattsville, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Salisbury.

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