Harford County Task Force Continues to Lead Narcotics Enforcement in the State

(Harford County, Md. – June 18, 2007) — During the late 1980’s the Harford County Task Force was established in the county. The partnership consisted of officers, troopers, and deputies from Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Police Department, Havre de Grace Police Department, Maryland State Police, and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. The Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office assigned a dedicated prosecutor to the Task Force to vigorously prosecute offenders.

Over the years the Task Force has silently fought the battle against drugs and drug dealers in Harford County. In 2006, the war on drugs continued to rage on with the Task Force initiating 215 drug investigations and 13 vice investigations that lead to 149 executed search and seizure warrants. Seized assets netted $547,622 in currency, 11 vehicles, 24 handguns and three real property locations.

The operational goal of the Task Force is to strive to improve the quality of life by actively pursuing narcotics violators. During 2006, the Task Force seized 686.05 grams of Crack Cocaine, 45609.9 grams of Cocaine Hydrochloride, 73521.05 grams Marijuana, 658 Marijuana Plants, 22 grams Heroin, 89.3 grams Psilocybin Mushrooms, 105 pills of MDMA (Ecstasy), 5 grams of Hash, 106 pills of Oxycodine, 130 grams of Methamphetamine, and 15 tablets of LSD. The drug seizures had a street value of over $9,000,000 leading to the arrests and or indictments of 135 adults and nine juveniles.

Major Mark Forwood, Commander of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Bureau commented, “The Task Force has proven to be an effective tool to combat narcotics violations in Harford County.

The task force concept of partnering with municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies is extremely vital to successfully identifying, investigating and apprehending narcotic distributors.”