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Md. State Police: Major Drug Trafficking Bust Leads to 24 Arrests

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Marijuana plants recovered during the operation. (Photo: Maryland State Police) Marijuana plants recovered during the operation. (Photo: Maryland State Police)
Firearms recovered during the operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore. (Photo: Maryland State Police) Firearms recovered during the operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore. (Photo: Maryland State Police)
Meth lab recovered during the operation. (Photo: Maryland State Police) Meth lab recovered during the operation. (Photo: Maryland State Police)

EASTERN SHORE, Md.- Maryland State Police say a major drug trafficking bust in four Eastern Shore counties has led to 24 arrests and more are expected. 

The drug enforcement initiative Operation “Look Out" was conducted by the MSP Criminal Enforcement Division and the Eastern Upper Shore Drug Task Forces and ran from July 15 to Aug. 20 across Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Talbot  and Kent counties.

During the investigation, police said they found nearly $13 million worth of illegal drugs, including 926 marijuana plants, 919 grams of marijuana, more than 20 grams of heroin, 185 grams of cocaine, more than 500 ecstasy pills. Police said they also found five vehicles, almost $23,000 in suspected drug proceeds and 50 guns, including one rocket propelled grenade launcher.

Members of the task force worked with the community to identity those involved with the distribution of the drugs. Police said the following individuals listed below were arrested:*

  • William Newcomb, 51, of Chestertown, Md., was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. He was held on $15,000 bond.
  • Marcia Bozarth, 39, of Millington, Md., was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. She was held without bond.
  • James Robinson, 29, of Chester, Md., was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine. He was held on $100,000 bond.
  • Daniel Wong, 29, of Chester, Md., was arrested for possession of heroin.  He was held on $7,500 bond.
  • Robert Holmes, 46, of Centreville, MD was arrested for manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana. He was held on $5,000 bond.
  • Danita Smith, 38, of Centreville, Md., was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. She was held on $250,000 bond.
  • Katherine Arrabal, 29, of Church Hill, Md., arrested for manufacturing marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana. She was held on $35,000 bond.
  • Catherine Gollick, 62, of Denton, Md., was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute narcotics and possession of controlled dangerous substances not-marijuana. She was held on $20,000 bond.
  • James Gollick, 67, of Denton, Md., was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of controlled dangerous substances not-marijuana. He was held on $20,000 bond.
  • John Gardner, 47, of Greensboro, Md., was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. He was taken before a district court commissioner and is awaiting trial.
  • Jessica Tolson, 31, of Denton, Md., was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. She was taken before a district court commissioner and is awaiting trial.
  • Vincent Norman, 24, of Ridgely, Md., was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. He was taken before a district court commissioner and is awaiting trial.
  • John Pollard, 47, of Ridgely, Md., was arrested for manufacturing controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, possession of controlled dangerous substances manufacturing equipment, maintaining a common nuisance for controlled dangerous substances, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was held on $100,000 bond.
  • Michael Loftus, 54 of Federalsburg, Md., was arrested for manufacturing controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession paraphernalia. He was held $10,000 unsecured bond.
  • Dominic Savage, 26 of Ridgely, Md., was arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana, and 11 traffic citations. He was held on $100,000 bond.
  • Clayton Dubeau, 26, of Denton, Md., was arrested for manufacturing controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance manufacturing equipment, possession of controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana, two counts one for heroin and the other for methamphetamine, possession of controlled dangerous substance administering equipment and trespassing on private property. He was held on $100,000 bond.
  • William Smith, 26, of Denton, Md., was arrested for trespassing on private property. He was held on $2,500 bond.
  • Robert Pollard, 33, of Ridgely, Md., was arrested form manufacturing controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance manufacturing equipment and possession of marijuana. He was issued a district court criminal summons and released on his signature pending trial.
  • Ginna Grocki, 31, of Marydel, Md., was arrested for possession controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. She was issued a district court criminal summons and released on her signature pending trial.
  • Nathan Charles Roupe, 20, of St. Michaels, Md., was arrested for possession of heroin, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and controlled dangerous substance administered equipment (hypodermic syringes). He was taken before a district court commissioner and released on his own recognizance pending trial.
  • Patrick Bruce Wrightson, 36, of Wittman, Md., was arrested for possession of heroin, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and controlled dangerous substance administered equipment (hypodermic syringes). He was held on $1,000 bond.
  • Samuel Luke Blevins, 19, of Easton, Md., was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. He was held on $12,000 bond.
  • Benjamin Mainguy, 20 of Easton, Md., was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.  He was issued a criminal citation and released on his signature pending trial.
  • A 17-year-old juvenile from Easton, Md., was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.  He was released to his father and referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.
  • Clifton Rudolph Wilson, Jr.,25 , of Chestertown, Md., was arrested for two counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession with intent to distribute, 2 counts of possession of controlled dangerous substance- not marijuana, possession of marijuana and 3 counts controlled dangerous substance possession of paraphernalia. He was held on $30,000 bond.
  • Lauriea Diane Johnson, 30, of Rock Hall, Md., was arrested for controlled dangerous substance administered equipment possession/distribute, 2 counts of possession paraphernalia and two counts of possession- not marijuana. She was taken before a district court commissioner and released on her own recognizance pending trail.

The task force said seven additional people received civil citations for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams, and they are awaiting their court hearings.

Police also said additional individuals were identified during the operation but have not yet been arrested.

Police encourage anyone with information regarding criminal drug activity to please contact the respective Drug Task Force listed below. All callers may remain anonymous.

  • Queen Anne County Drug Task Force at (410) 758-8477
  • Caroline County Drug Task Force at (410) 820-4222
  • Talbot County Narcotics Task Force at (410) 820-8940
  • Kent County Narcotics Task Force at (410) 778-3744

* The aforementioned list of individuals and the charges filed against them were provided in a news release from Maryland State Police. 

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