Four Annapolis area suspects were arrested Friday night as Anne Arundel County Police continue to crack down on heroin trafficking.
According to a news release, officers at the Extended Stay hotel on 1 Womack Drive witnessed a drug transaction. The investigation led them to room 329, where police knocked on the door to talk to the residents. While they were knocking, two people in the room reportedly jumped out a window and a third person from room 331 also jumped out of the window and fled.
One suspect dropped a loaded Beretta 9mm handgun, which police learned was stolen in a Calvert County burglary.
A Police K-9 and Aviation Unit helped patrol officers in the search for the suspects.
Three were found to have fled in a vehicle, which was later located on Bens Drive in Annapolis by Annapolis City police and the three occupants were arrested. The fourth person, a juvenile suspect, was found after he fled toward Tarragon Lane and was later arrested while walking on Route 2.
Officers, assisted by narcotics detectives, later secured and executed a search and seizure warrant for the hotel rooms. Officers seized 1 gram of heroin, 6.7 grams of marijuana, over $3,000 cash and substantial evidence indicating drug distribution activity was occurring. Detectives confirmed that the suspects had flushed an unknown quantity of narcotics down the toilet before fleeing the room.
All four suspects were charged as adults with: wear/possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun with drug trafficking, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, and theft of the handgun.
Additionally, suspect Brandon Johnson was charged with distribution of heroin and the remaining three suspects were charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Charged were: Brandon Anthony Johnson, 21, of the 100 block of Woods Drive in Annapolis; Gerald Delaney Hyman, 23, of the 400 block of Merryman Road in Annapolis; Shaun Aris Crowdy, 21, of the 1200 block of Summerwood Court in Arnold; and Charles Albert Wells, 17, of the unit block of Julianna Circle in Annapolis, who was charged as an adult.