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BCI Narcotic Detectives Make Several Countywide Busts

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Vice Narcotics Detectives began an investigation into Joseph Vincent Florence, 20 of Mechanicsville and his possible drug dealing in the northern portion of St. Mary’s County. During the course of the undercover investigation Suspect Florence did distribute “Ecstasy”. The case was presented to State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz and then the St. Mary’s County Grand Jury where a warrant was issued.  Suspect Florence was arrested and charged accordingly.

As a result of a Search and Seizure Warrant on a Mechanicsville home, William James Jordan, 33, was indicted multiple drug charges related to the distribution of oxycodone and conspiring to distribute oxycodone. He turned himself into the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently awaiting trial.

Michael Joseph Miles II, 22, was arrested and charged with “Conspiring to Distribute Marijuana.” Suspect Miles currently has distribution of heroin charges pending as well.

Frederick Charles Ruppertis III, 44, was indicted as a result of a Search and Seizure Warrant that was executed on his Hollywood home. Suspect Ruppertis was growing marijuana inside the residence.

Undercover Officers were conducting an investigation when they observed Lauren Tasha Olsen,  21, inside of a vehicle. As the detectives continued to observe the suspect, she began smoking crack cocaine. Detectives seized the smoking device and a small amount of crack. The suspect was charged accordingly.

Vice Narcotics Detectives began an investigation into Michael Bassford and his alleged distribution of prescription medication and cocaine. A Search and Seizure Warrant was obtained and executed on a home in Hollywood. Once inside, detectives located nearly $500.00 in crack cocaine, 64 methadone pills a digital scale and other paraphernalia. Suspect Bassford was arrested. Also in the home was Shannon Parker, 34 of Piney Point. Suspect Parker was found to be in possession of a smoking device, almost $200.00 in Methadone pills and a digital scale. Another person that was related to this investigation was apprehended close to the scene. Ryan Lankford, 24 of Calvert County, was wanted on an outstanding warrant and he was found to be in possession of Methadone as well. Additional charges against Suspects Bassford and Parker are pending a review with St. Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

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