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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

Baltimore Field Division

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 21, 2017
Contact: Special Agent David Cheplak

ATF, Takoma Park Police, Montgomery County Police Arrest Armed Drug Dealer who Sold Heroin Laced with Fentanyl

Three firearms, suspected narcotics and over $37,000 cash seized during warrant

Takoma Park, Md. – During the early morning hours of April 27, 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division, Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department conducted a federal search warrant in the area of Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.

The warrant resulted in the arrest of one suspect and the seizure of several items, to include three handguns, narcotics suspected to be heroin laced with fentanyl, drug-packaging material and over $37,000 in cash.

"ATF and our law enforcement partners in Takoma Park and throughout Montgomery County are committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods are safe and that those who violate federal firearm and drug laws are held accountable," said Daniel L. Board Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Baltimore Field Division. "This joint investigation has removed an armed drug dealer from the community who contributed to the poisoning of our fellow citizens. The citizens of Takoma Park are undoubtedly safer as a result of today’s warrant."

The warrant was in relation to a multi-agency undercover investigation that is being conducted in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. The investigation was initiated in September of 2016 in response to an increase in violent crime and drug activity in the area. Local, county and federal investigators worked together and spent countless hours conducting surveillance and proactive enforcement activity in order to develop probable cause for the federal search warrant.

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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