Warrant Out for Man in Connection to Hagerstown Drug Bust

Warrant Out for Man in Connection to Hagerstown Drug Bust

Officials continue to search for a fourth person in connection to the drug bust on Hamilton Boulevard. Police say through the investigation they were able to seize suspected heroin and methamphetamine.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Neighbors say they knew all along drug activity was taking place right in their community. They say they saw the Special Response Team and DEA surrounding their houses, in their backyards with rifles as they watched the bust go down.  Neighbors tell WHAG they weren’t surprised by the news, but happy to see three of their neighbors taken into custody.

“I hate to be afraid to come out of my yard. They walk down to the corner and do their business and walk out to cars and do their business,” said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Officials say the arrests come after a three week investigation. They say they were able to seize nearly 188 grams of suspected heroin and 95 grams of suspected methamphetamines. Police say the drugs had a street value of nearly $50,000.  

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force says they’ve seen a huge increase in heroin related crimes. The Washington County Health Department says they’re working with law enforcement to help in the fight against heroin and other drugs.

“They're [investigators] definitely doing everything they can at the moment because they're doing the same thing we are. We have more people coming in for opiate use, where they’re seeing more crime related to opiate use, especially heroin,” said April Rouzer of the Washington County Health Department.

The latest reports from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows the number of people in Maryland who died from heroin related deaths in 2012 was up by more than 50 percent from 2011. Officials say the numbers are still on the rise.  

In the past year we've seen quite an increase in prescription med abuse, the diversion of prescription medications, as well as heroin use and overdose. So, if we look a opiate use in general, we've seen a dramatic increase in opiate use in the county,“ said Rouzer.

Investigators continue to search for a fourth person in connection to this drug bust, and have a search warrant out for Benjamin Beckette, who they say was also living at the house at 807 Hamilton Blvd.

Anyone with information should contact investigators at (301) 223-2620.  

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