OCPD’s June Sting Operation Results In 52 Drug Arrests

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Criminal Investigation Division Narcotic’s Unit buy-bust undercover operation in June was a big success with dozens of drug distribution arrests and narcotics and weapons seized.

Throughout the month of June, OCPD undercover narcotics officers conducted a buy-bust operation during which they often posed as prospective buyers to identify dealers. In other cases, undercover officers posed as suppliers and arrested those who attempted to buy drugs. The operation took place at various locations around the resort throughout the month in an effort to combat illegal drug activity.

During the undercover operations, OCPD detectives made 52 total arrests including 19 for distribution of narcotics, 18 for conspiracy to distribute narcotics and 15 arrests for disorderly conduct and other local ordinance violations. During the operation, OCPD detectives seized numerous drugs including heroin, MDMA, or Molly, cocaine, marijuana and over 150 prescription pills with a street value of over $2,600. Detectives also seized two handguns, 11 concealed deadly weapons including knives, metal knuckles and stun guns and over $4,500 in currency.

While the OCPD was the primary agency in the undercover operations, it was a collaborative effort including allied law enforcement agencies. The OCPD thanked the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team (CET) for their efforts in the operations. The CET is made up of officers from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police Narcotics Unit.

The OCPD Criminal Investigation Division was also assisted by the OCPD Special Enforcement Unit, the Major Crimes Unit and the Patrol Division. At Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting, OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro praised the collaborative efforts of the allied agencies.

“Our strategy is multi-faceted and our undercover operations are dedicated to narcotics enforcement,” he said. “They worked very hard and very diligently to make over 50 arrests and we are very pleased with the results.”

The OCPD reminded citizens that undercover officers will continue to conduct drug enforcement initiatives throughout the year to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. According to the department, drug activity often leads to more serious criminal incidents and the OCPD Narcotics Unit is dedicated to maintaining a high level of safety.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.