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APD Drug Operation Leads to Seven Arrests

The Annapolis Police Department's Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a two month city-wide drug operation that led to the arrest of seven people with more to follow. The operation targeted individuals who were illegally selling narcotics throughout Annapolis. Detectives posed as drug users and purchased narcotics directly from those arrested multiple times.

Working with the Anne Arundel State's Attorney's Office detectives obtained sealed criminal indictments for the seven suspects.


"The detectives did an outstanding job during this investigation which culminated in the arrest of seven people," Chief Michael Pristoop stated. "Violence is often associated with the illegal drug trade and as a result of this investigation we reduced the possibility that these guys will be involved as either a victim or a suspect."


On February 9th officers arrested Kevin Andrew Hopkins, 24, of Glen Burnie, Ryzon Donya McGowan, 20, of Annapolis, Rondell Carl Johnson, 24, of Annapolis, Donte Anthony Beans, 20, of Glen Burnie,  Dante Antwione Freeland, 23, of Curtis Bay, and Vashon Lamont Henson, 37, of Annapolis. 


Keithan Dwayne Howard, 41, of Annapolis was arrested on February 14th. 


All of the subjects were charged with distribution of CDS. 


Donte Beans and Dante Freeland face additional charges after drugs were found in their possession at the time of their arrest.  Beans was charged with possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS not marijuana.  Freeland was charged with possession of CDS with intent to distribute and possession of CDS.  Beans and Freeland both posted $25,000 bond and were released from the detention center pending trial.