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Undercover Crisfield Drug Bust Leads to 15 Arrests

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Crisfield police show some of the suspected drugs seized during recent covert operations. (Photo: WBOC) Crisfield police show some of the suspected drugs seized during recent covert operations. (Photo: WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.- After a four-month investigation, Crisfield police have hauled 15 suspected drug dealers off to jail.

In a press conference held Thursday, police said an undercover detective stayed in the Somerset Inn and Suites for two months. During his stay, he was able to personally make at least 30 purchases of a wide range of narcotics, according to police.

Police seized heroin, powder cocaine, marijuana, Vicodin, oxycodone, crack cocaine, and Xanax, at a street value of approximately $10,000.

Police also uncovered over $1,000 in cash, five vehicles, two ATV's, a motorcycle, laptops, cellphones, flat screen TV's and DJ equipment. Police believe those items were purchased using drug money, totaling at a value of more than $150,000.

Steve Smith, of Crisfield, lives just blocks away from a home Crisfield police have raided. He said he's seen drug deals from his doorstep.

"It's bad for the city, bad for the town," said Smith.

"I've seen in the community when the kids were like 9 years-old, 10- and 11 years-old being used to sell drugs," said Robert Hook, of Crisfield.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said Operation "Florida Boyz" is one of the largest covert drug operations in the small city's history.

Some people believe it's a long time coming. But Hooks believes the impact will not last for too long.

"You got 15 people takien off the street, but there are 15 other people waiting to make the sale," said Hooks. "Supply might be low because of the bust, but give it a month it'll be just like it was."

Tabor said he currently has five additional search and seizure warrants, along with more than 30 subpoenas for cellphone records. So police said there will be more suspected dealers plucked off the streets, including the ring leader who have not been identified.

Seven of the 15 arrested suspects are facing grand jury indictments and possible life sentences.

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