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Weapons, Drugs and Counterfeit Money Seized in Salisbury Raid

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Shown are the guns seized during the raid on a home in Caroline Street in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) Shown are the guns seized during the raid on a home in Caroline Street in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)
Police also seized thousands of dollars in real money as well as thousands of dollars in counterfeit cash. (Photo: WBOC) Police also seized thousands of dollars in real money as well as thousands of dollars in counterfeit cash. (Photo: WBOC)
Matthew Alan Schirling Matthew Alan Schirling
William Kurtis Cogdill William Kurtis Cogdill

SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities on Thursday announced that two people are facing charges following a police raid on a Salisbury home that led to the seizure of several guns, drugs and tens of thousands of dollars in both real and counterfeit money.

During the week of Jan. 23, officers of the Salisbury Police Safe Streets Team received information about someone who was alleged to be involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs in the city. Police say that as the officers began the investigation to identify this person, they received additional information that this suspect was also involved in the trafficking of firearms.  According to police, the investigation resulted in 26-year-old Matthew Alan Schirling of Salisbury being identified as the suspect.

As this investigation was unfolding, members of the Fruitland Police Department became involved in the investigation of two suspects who were alleged to have passed counterfeit U.S. currency at the Walmart store in Fruitland. These individuals later passed additional counterfeit currency at two restaurants in the city of Salisbury, according to police. 

Detectives from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and the  Maryland State Police received intelligence concerning the counterfeit currency. All four agencies began to pool their resources and review the shared data. Police say this resulted in the confirmation of Schirling as one of the suspects who had passed the counterfeit cash and the identification of a second suspect, 24-year-old William Kurtis Cogdill of Salisbury.

At around 6 p.m. Feb. 9, police arrested Schirling and Cogdill in the area of the 1100 block of East Church Street. Later that day, at around 9 p.m., Maryland State Police, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Fruitland police and members of the Salisbury Police Safe Streets Unitraided the suspects' home located on the 1000 block of Caroline Street.

Authorities say during the raid police seized seven handguns, three of which had been reported stolen, one assault rifle, approximately 93 grams of suspected marijuana,
$ 48,963 in U.S. currency, $ 13,370 in counterfeit currency, and the equipment used to produce the counterfeit currency.

Schirling and Cogdill were charged with a variety of drugs, weapon, forgery and counterfeiting offenses related to this investigation. Both are being held without bond in the Wicomico County Detention Center.

The U.S. Secret Service is assisting police in the processing of the evidence and review of the investigation for possible federal charging.

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