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February 16, 1995
Westminster city officials may want to keep "politics" out of the supervision of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force, but they should not be so quick to abdicate their responsibility to supervise this unit. In fact, the task force's past problems can be traced directly to a lack of oversight by elected officials.Since the mayor of Westminster does not have the expertise or experience to supervise day-to-day police work, it doesn't make sense for him to determine assignments for undercover officers or pick targets for investigation.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2011
After years of seeking assistance in combatting its growing drug problem, Harford County won approval Monday to join a regional task force that will direct additional federal resources to the county's drug interdiction effort, the White House announced Monday. The county is the latest local government to join the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, in which local law enforcement officials receive money and analysis from the federal government to help target drug shipments.
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NEWS
June 16, 1993
A detailed audit of the financial activities of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force is long overdue. This police group has been operating for more than four years without publicly disclosing the value of the assets it has seized or obtained through its "buy back" program. Nor has it said how that money was spent.The Carroll County Commissioners assert there is only one reason for the audit -- to see whether $10,000 of secure radio equipment could be purchased using funds from the task force's seized assets.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
The mailman strolled from doorstep to doorstep in the Aberdeen townhouse community when a van drove up and parked across the street. Gun-toting men in green jumpsuits leapt from the back. They crept down the sidewalk and shuffled up to the front door of a house. With two swings of a battering ram, the door had been knocked in, and the men yelled as they rushed upstairs to a bedroom. All the while, the mailman kept delivering. On one level, the drug sting, carried out simultaneously at two locations by the Aberdeen Police Department with members of the Harford County Task Force, was a flop.
NEWS
January 17, 1994
On the same day last week that the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force announced it had rounded up a half-dozen drug dealers operating in Westminster, County Commissioner Donald I. Dell issued a stinging rebuke to critics of the operation. He said they were damaging the unit's morale and singled out "our media" as most responsible for the low esteem. Arresting these dealers and holding a press conference hardly seemed evidence of demoralization.Certainly the purpose of the drug task force deserves support.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | August 19, 1994
In an abrupt reversal of what they said earlier this week, the Carroll County commissioners released their 18-month-long audit of the drug task force yesterday.At a meeting Monday with officials from Westminster and the task force, the commissioners said that the report -- which mildly criticized the drug enforcement group's administrative procedures but gave it a clean bill of fiscal health -- would not be released for several weeks.But without explanation, the commissioners made the 33-page report available at 4:30 p.m. yesterday after county offices had closed.
NEWS
June 14, 2002
A performance audit of Carroll County's drug task force found exemplary recordkeeping, transactions conducted according to established policy and good procedures and practices. The nine-member task force, which was re-established three years ago, operates solely on funds and assets seized from illegal drug transactions. "Our operating account is good now, with many cases outstanding," said Sheriff Kenneth Tregoning, who requested the audit. "Our numbers continue to grow." Besides the Sheriff's Department, the task force includes Maryland State Police, Carroll County state's attorney and Westminster police.
NEWS
May 18, 1993
While the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force may not have $50,000 stashed in a secret fund, as some county employees contended, no one outside the drug task force seems to know much about the finances of this law enforcement group. That is unfortunate. This group must start accounting for the tens of thousands of dollars it has confiscated and allegedly spent since its inception in the late 1980s.After hearing rumors of thousands of dollars squirreled away in task force accounts, the county commissioners (in need of $10,000 to purchase desperately needed police radios)
NEWS
May 27, 1994
Carroll County's Narcotic Task Force did the job it is supposed to do when it arrested a Randallstown man and confiscated more than two pounds of crack cocaine and heroin that had been stashed at his home. The arrest of James Edward "Beany" Costley in a South Carroll park-and-ride lot for alleged possession of sizable amounts of drugs and gelatin capsules will do more to curtail drug traffic in Carroll County than most of the task force's other well-publicized drug arrests.From what has been publicly divulged about this case so far, criticism of the task force's questionable tactics or seizures is not likely to follow.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2004
Troopers at the Maryland State Police Westminster barracks were among those earning citations and promotions from the law enforcement agency during its annual awards ceremony in Pikesville. The Carroll County Drug Task Force earned a unit citation for excellence for its work last year. The unit - composed of state troopers, Westminster police officers, county sheriff's deputies and prosecutors in the county state's attorney's office - conducted nearly 200 investigations and made 121 arrests last year.
NEWS
June 14, 2002
A performance audit of Carroll County's drug task force found exemplary recordkeeping, transactions conducted according to established policy and good procedures and practices. The nine-member task force, which was re-established three years ago, operates solely on funds and assets seized from illegal drug transactions. "Our operating account is good now, with many cases outstanding," said Sheriff Kenneth Tregoning, who requested the audit. "Our numbers continue to grow." Besides the Sheriff's Department, the task force includes Maryland State Police, Carroll County state's attorney and Westminster police.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 24, 1999
The Carroll County Drug Task Force, a cooperative effort involving the sheriff, the state's attorney and Maryland State Police, is expected to be approved today when the agencies meet with the county commissioners to sign a contract.By mutual agreement, the state's attorney will serve as the seizing authority in any drug raid, and the sheriff will act as the seizing agent.With the state police, they will sit as a three-member advisory board with voting authority to determine how seized money and property will be used, Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning said yesterday.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1998
The candidates for county sheriff in the Nov. 3 general election differ on key issues, such as implementing central booking, unifying the drug task force and moving toward a countywide police force.Democrat Mervin L. Spiwak and Republican Kenneth L. Tregoning are career law-enforcement officers with more than 30 years of experience.Spiwak retired with the rank of major from the Baltimore City Police Department. Tregoning is a lieutenant and commander of the Frederick barracks of the Maryland State Police.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1998
SALISBURY -- Salisbury's chief of police has been suspended without pay amid charges of mismanagement and possible criminal wrongdoing in the sale of cars seized by a regional drug task force.Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman ousted Chief Coulbourn Dykes on Monday, charging the 28-year veteran of the city force with neglect of duty, inefficiency and disreputable conduct.No criminal investigation has begun, authorities said yesterday.Dykes could not be reached for comment.His suspension came after a report found numerous irregularities in the disposition of cars seized in drug cases.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
An article in the Carroll County edition of The Sun yesterday should have said that the state's attorney's office prosecuted 400 drug cases last year in Carroll County.The Sun regrets the error.State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes, accompanied by eight high-ranking state police officers, asked the County Commissioners yesterday for money to hire personnel for Carroll's drug task force.Barnes wants a civilian investigator and an undercover state police officer by July 1 -- sooner, if possible -- to "augment and supplement [the prosecutor's efforts]
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes, accompanied by eight high-ranking state police officers, asked the County Commissioners yesterday for money to hire personnel for Carroll's drug task force.Barnes wants a civilian investigator and an undercover state police officer by July 1 -- sooner, if possible -- to "augment and supplement [the prosecutor's efforts] to combat unlawful drug use and distribution," he said.Heroin use and distribution have become a "unique and deadly situation" in Carroll, Barnes said, having "crept back into the scene as crack cocaine did in the late 1970s and 1980s."
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1996
An $80,000 lawsuit contesting the legality of the now-defunct Carroll County Narcotics Task Force's vehicle seizure practices has been partially dismissed.The suit -- filed in June by Westminster homemaker Marie S. Boyd and her husband, Paul -- claimed task force members had lied to them and violated the couple's constitutional rights when their car was seized in May 1992.At that time, Mrs. Boyd and her daughter, Diane L. Wisner, were returning from the grocery store when task force members stopped their car and found less than an ounce of cocaine in Ms. Wisner's purse.
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