Illegal hunting leads to drug charges, police say

Natural Resources Police K-9 Ruckus located a deer killed near Shore Highway in Denton on Jan. 17.

DENTON — Maryland Natural Resources Police were conducting surveillance in the area of Shore Highway in Denton on Jan. 17 when they observed a male fire his rifle from a vehicle in the direction of a white-tailed deer, according to police.

Police identified the occupants of the vehicle as Kris Cohee, 49, of Denton, and Craig Mende, 49, of Hurlock. During their investigation, officers learned that Cohee fired the rifle, police said.

While searching the vehicle, officers located a suppressed rifle, suspected cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Although Cohee told officers he was hunting foxes, NRP K-9 Ruckus discovered the deer nearby, deceased due to a bullet wound, police said.

Both men were charged with possessing the suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Cohee was also cited for hunting deer during a closed season, from a vehicle and on Sunday. He received an additional charge for having a loaded weapon in a car.

As a result, Cohee faces $11,500 in fines, and Mende faces up to $5,500 in fines, police said.

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