Anne Arundel County Drug Ring Distribution Center Supplier Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Louis Valentine, 33, of New York, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with an Intent to Distribute Heroin and Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm late yesterday in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court before Judge J. Michael Wachs. Valentine was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

“We will continue to send the message to drug dealers to forget about ‘setting up shop’ in Anne Arundel County,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “I appreciate Judge Wachs for sending a clear message through a strong sentence that drug dealers will be held accountable.”

Valentine ran a distribution center for Andres Fernandez out of a Glen Burnie hotel room. Individuals would come to the hotel to purchase heroin from Valentine. The money from the sales was routed back to Fernandez. The investigation also identified a stash location in Glen Burnie where the kilogram quantities of drugs would be broken down and packaged for street level sale. The heroin from the stash location was used to resupply the hotel distribution center.

Fernandez is considered to be the leader of an Anne Arundel County-based, million-dollar drug operation that was disbanded through a historic, multi-agency effort in October 2015. Twelve other people have also been charged in connection with the case. All defendants from this drug operation are moving through the justice system at various stages in the process.

As a result of this historic, coordinated, eight (8) month-long effort by six (6) law enforcement agencies, nearly $1 million in assets were seized, to include 13 firearms and 3 vehicles. Additionally, 3.5 kilos of heroin, 394 gel caps of heroin, 1.5 kilos cocaine and an additional 218.35 grams of heroin - including packaging - were taken off of Anne Arundel County streets.

Judge J. Michael Wachs presided over the case. ASAs Nicolle Norris and Jason Steinhardt prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

Background:

This case was led by the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division (Narcotics and Special Investigations Section) and the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, to target drug dealers and cripple their distribution centers, a 3-count indictment was unsealed in October in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court charging eight (8) individuals with conspiracy to distribute heroin, among other drug-related offenses.

State's Attorney's Office prosecutors coordinated a multi-agency investigation which included the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division (Narcotics and Special Investigations Section), members of the Anne Arundel County Heroin Task Force (Anne Arundel County Police Department, Annapolis Police and Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office), as well as members of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Anne Arundel County Executive's Office funded the effort. This large-scale law enforcement team identified the drug trafficking members who were responsible for illicit drug importation, packaging and distribution inside Anne Arundel County, executed the search warrants, and discovered the necessary evidence that eventually broke apart this ring.

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Glen Burnie Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for First Degree Assault, Robbery

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Timothy Stevenson, 25, of Glen Burnie, was sentenced by Judge Ronald Silkworth to 40 years in prison for First Degree Assault and Robbery. Stevenson was found guilty of First and Second Degree Assault, Robbery, Theft under $1,000, and Reckless Endangerment in February 2015.

"I am grateful that Judge Silkworth recognized the threat this defendant poses to Anne Arundel County residents,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “My office is determined to hold assailants accountable and deliver justice to the victim. This attack was extraordinarily vicious.”

Outside the Moose Lodge on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, Stevenson assaulted a man in his 50’s by striking him in the face and knocking him to the ground. Stevenson then continued to punch, kick and stomp the victim’s head and face causing significant broken bones and injuries. Stevenson then stole the victim’s black leather wallet, cash, and shoes. Later, in July of 2015, police officers responded to an attempted robbery and assault of a homeless man. Upon officer arrival, they located Stevenson as the suspect and found him with the victim’s wallet and wearing the victim’s stolen shoes from this case.

The victim spent four months at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma recovering from his life-threatening injuries and remains at a physical rehabilitation center.

Stevenson was sentenced 25 years for First Degree Assault and 15 years for Robbery.

Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Matey prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge Ronald Silkworth presided over the case.

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Man Who Tried to Kill an Anne Arundel County Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder and Firearm Charge

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2016

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Colvin White, 31, of Annapolis, pled guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence for the April 2015 shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer Corporal Larry Adams. Mr. White faces life in prison. State's Attorney Adams released the following statement regarding the plea:

"We ask police officers to put themselves in harm's way every day and on April 10th, 2015 in the span of about 5 minutes, Corporal Larry Adams went from simply doing his job serving our citizens, to protecting one of our local businesses, to fighting for his life after being ambushed and shot by Colvin White. I am thankful that Officer Adams continues his path of recovery. Today's guilty plea to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence sends a strong message to those who wish our police officers harm. It is not acceptable and we will hold you accountable for your actions. This plea is the result of an incredible effort by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the State's Attorney Office. I wish to thank Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare for his continued professionalism and commitment to the community."

At approximately 2am on April 10th 2015, Officer Larry Adams was on a routine patrol when he encountered a van on the side of the road. Concerned for their safety, he approached the passenger, Danielle Blake, 30, of Severn, who was the lone occupant at the time. Ms. Blake stated that their van had run out of gas and the driver had gone into the East College Parkway 7-Eleven nearby. Intending to give the driver $5.00 for gas, Officer Adams parked at the 7-Eleven where an employee alerted him to a suspicious man outside the store. Investigators believed that Mr. White was planning to rob the store.

Officer Adams encountered Mr. White lurking in a hoodie and dark clothing in the shadows beside the store. Upon asking for Mr. White's identification, a scuffle ensued. After Mr. White pushed Officer Adams away, a chase ensued. Instead of running to the van and driving away, Mr. White hid in the tree line and ambushed Officer Adams shooting his gun twice, hitting the officer once in the neck, before fleeing the scene. Officers who arrived on location, found Officer Adams in the street with life-threatening injuries; he was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore where doctors were able to save his life. Before Officer Adams approached Mr. White, the policeman had run a check on the vehicle which led officers to eventually locate Ms. Blake and Mr. White. Ms. Blake pled guilty in October of serving as accessory-after-the-fact in the shooting and to transporting a handgun in a vehicle as part of a plea agreement.

Sentencing for Mr. White is to be determined and will be announced on the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Twitter page once a date is set. Sentencing for Ms. Blake is currently scheduled for May 4th.

State's Attorney Wes Adams and Deputy State's Attorney Jonathan Church prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case.

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Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office Statement Regarding Blaine Ryan Young Case

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2016

Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams released the following statement today regarding Blaine Ryan Young, charged with 4 counts of prostitution:

“Mr. Blaine Ryan Young was charged with 4 counts of prostitution. These charges carry a maximum fine of $500 and or 1 year in jail. Presently, the case will be heard in District Court. The trial is currently scheduled for June 27, 2016 at 1:15pm.”

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