APD Media Release 05/27/14
Annapolis Heroin Dealers Indicted
The Annapolis Police Department, in close partnership with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Maryland State Police, announces the indictments of nine Annapolis heroin dealers. This multi-agency drug initiative spanned more than seven months and involved undercover police officers making controlled purchases from drug dealers.
In response to an increase in heroin overdoses, detectives from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Annapolis Police Department in October 2013. Through their investigations the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office learned that drug users were buying heroin in Annapolis, prompting them to contact our Drug Enforcement Unit.
The Annapolis Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit identified two groups responsible for the majority of heroin distributed in Annapolis. The initiative involved Annapolis detectives working hand in hand with Calvert County Sheriff’s detectives to make over 50 controlled buys of heroin, with over 100 grams of heroin seized. The indictments, resulting from these buys, will disrupt these illegal drug trafficking groups in Annapolis.
Those indicted are identified as:
Kelly Bowers, 24, of Annapolis
Richard Naylor, 21, of Arnold
Rishard Naylor, 22, of Annapolis. Naylor is currently incarcerated in Calvert County.
Sadie Phillips, 19, of Annapolis
Adrian Williams, 27, of Annapolis. Williams is currently incarcerated with the Department of Corrections.
Four others were indicted and their names will be released in the coming days.
In addition, two juveniles were charged in this initiative:
A 17 year old from Annapolis
A 17 year old from Arnold
One other juvenile will also be charged in this initiative.
Early this morning the Annapolis Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department began the process of arresting those indicted.
This initiative has paralleled the Annapolis Police Department’s increased focus on drug enforcement. In the first five months of 2014 the Annapolis Police Department has made 130 arrests for possession of heroin, cocaine, and opiates, compared to 81 arrests during the same months in 2013. While this initiative was occurring Annapolis Police officers arrested a total of 510 people charging them with drug related offenses.
The city experienced six fatal overdoses due to heroin in 2013, and one in 2014. There have also been 22 non-fatal heroin overdoses reported in 2014. Detectives were able to link nine Anne Arundel County overdoses to suspects indicted in this initiative.
“I am thankful for our law enforcement partnerships and the excellent results of this investigation,” said Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop. “Illegal drugs affect our community in many ways. Drug dealers ply their trade in communities leading to violence and other crime increases throughout the City.”
"This multi-agency drug initiative is responsible for getting heroin off the street, dealers behind bars, and creating a safer place for all Annapolis residents," Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides said. "I applaud the law enforcement agencies and departments involved for their diligence in fighting crime in our City."
The Annapolis Police Department urges citizens to report drug activity. Citizens can call 410-268-4141 to report drug activity when they see it. Anonymous tips can be called into 410-280-CLUE (2583). In an emergency please dial 9-1-1.
Metro Crime Stoppers:
If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)
Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.net
Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!