CENTREVILLE — Six people have been arrested following a multi-agency investigation into an alleged drug trafficking organization on the Eastern Shore.
The investigation, initiated by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, alleged the ring was headed by Terrance D. Brooks Jr. Brooks and his cohorts are allegedly involved in the daily distribution of both powder and crack cocaine and illegal opioid prescription pills in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, according to police.
Gathered evidence enabled investigators to obtain 12 search warrants for four residences, five vehicles and two individuals. The homes searched were located in Millington and Chestertown.
Police recovered suspected powder cocaine, Oxycodone, Adderall and alprazolam pills, and Suboxone strips. An assault pistol, a shotgun and two handguns were also recovered. Police took custody of four vehicles and more than $17,000 in cash believed to be connected to the drug operation.
“Just another example of joint law enforcement teamwork and our commitment to keep our community safe and free of these illegal drugs,” Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said. “As I have often said, if you are dealing drugs it’s only a matter of time before we hunt you down and arrest those responsible for killing our community. If you have a substance abuse issue we will help you but we will not tolerate drug sales in and around our community!”
Multiple agencies including the Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit helped with the investigation which occurred in the summer and fall of 2020.
“On behalf of the State’s Attorney’s Office, we would like to convey our great appreciation of law enforcement’s efforts in this investigation,” Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson said. “The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force has worked tirelessly and steadily in their fight against drug dealers. Our community is overwrought by those who are willing to make a buck by exploiting those who suffer drug addiction. But we will not stop in our fight against them.”
Among those charged with possession and intent to distribute are: Terrance D. Brooks Jr, 41, of Millington; Aaron A. Garnett, 49, of Chestertown; Carrie H. Harris, 40, of Chestertown; Michael Bragg, 54, of Elkton; Joanne Bragg, 75, of Elkton. The five face other charges as well. Terrance D. Brooks Sr., 64, of Millington was charged with possession of an illegal assault weapon.
Brooks Jr. and Michael Bragg are being held without bond, while the others were released pending trial.
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
“The relentless commitment of dedicated state troopers, deputies, police officers and prosecutors working together has once again resulted in the successful dismantling of a criminal enterprise negatively impacting the lives and safety of Eastern Shore citizens,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III said. “I commend the initiative, courage and perseverance of each member of the task force and the others who assisted with this investigation. I am committed to continuing this type of teamwork as we work together to make Maryland safer.”
According to state police, the investigation is continuing. Additional arrests are pending.