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Prolonged drug sting nets over 20 suspects

Dec 21, 2017

(Dec. 22, 2017) In addition to luring a drug dealer from Baltimore reportedly hoping to offload several ounces of heroin, a months-long undercover investigation by the Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit nabbed 21 suspects, with more arrests pending.

On Dec. 1, Sharif Talib was arrested after undercover officers, who had allegedly bought heroin and cocaine from the suspect, set up a meeting in West Ocean City to buy a large quantity of heroin.

Police said when officers attempted to arrest Talib, he struck a Maryland State Police vehicle before speeding off towards Ocean City.

“During the brief pursuit of Talib, he threw a plastic bag with powder out the passenger window and it burst against a chain link fence,” police said. “Talib entered Ocean City traveling the wrong way on to Northbound Philadelphia Avenue, where he crashed into the median and struck the wooden median barriers.”

Once apprehended, Talib was charged with first-degree assault, assault on law enforcement, possession with intent to distribute, as well as distribution of heroin and cocaine.

The estimated street value of the drugs Talib allegedly possessed was more than $82,000, according to police.

“This would have been enough heroin to put over 2,700 capsules of heroin on the streets in Worcester County and Ocean City,” police said.

On Dec. 13, the undercover investigation resulted in a slew of search and seizure warrants being served, police reported.

Other allied law enforcement agencies assisting with the investigation were the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, the Ocean City Police Special Enforcement Team and the OCPD Quick Response Team.

Police said the investigation was launched in downtown Ocean City in September in an effort to reduce thefts, burglaries and car break-ins by infiltrating street level drug distribution networks.

Other suspects arrested during the investigation:

• Leon Alfonso Johnson, 39, of Salisbury, charged with distribution of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and oxycodone.

• Michael Lee Sellers, 39, of Salisbury, charged with distribution of heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

• Violitus Scott, 37, of Salisbury and Cherice Johnson, 37, of Salisbury, charged with possession and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

• Samuel Alexander Bermudez, 24, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of Xanax and possession of Hydromorphone.

 

• Joseph Lawrence Weber Jr., 53, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of heroin.

• Troy David Teutsch, 35, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of Xanax and cannabis.

• Brendan Shay Burgey, 24, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of Xanax and cannabis.

• Joseph Othaniel Deshields, 54, of Berlin, charged with distribution of crack cocaine.

• Michael David Austin, 32, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of Xanax and Suboxone.

• Caitlin Bryanna Cottrell, 27, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of cocaine.

• Avery Madison Listmann, 18, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of cannabis.

• Joshua Kala-Jeffery Dubose, 21, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of cannabis.

• Robert Lee Donaldson, 61, of Ocean City, charged with distribution of crack cocaine.

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