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Annapolis Police Raid 2 Homes Near Clay Street

Police say drug busts at two homes net thousands in cash, handguns, heroin and marijuana.

A simultaneous police search of two homes near Clay Street on Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of two men and the confiscation of thousands of dollars in cash, stolen handguns and drugs.

Police Chief Michael Pristoop said during a press conference Thursday that officers received tips about suspicious activity at two homes from area residents. The tips led to two separate investigations and, ultimately, two search warrants.

Officers found 114.9 grams of heroin—reportedly worth a street value of $28,700—in the kitchen of a home located in the 100 block of West Washington Street.

Officers also discovered two stolen handguns and 151 grams of marijuana with a street value of approximately $3,100, and $17,000 in cash.

Police arrested 19-year-old Cortez Marshall of Annapolis at the scene. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of both heroin and marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a large amount of narcotics. 

Marshall is not facing charges for the two stolen weapons in the home as the investigation is still ongoing at this time, according to police.

Pristoop said at the same time as the search of the West Washington Street home, another SWAT team entered the unit block of Pleasant Street where officers discovered 2.4 grams of heroin worth about $1,740.

Robert Vonzell Taylor, 44, was arrested on the scene and charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pristoop said there is no known connection between the houses at this time.

Zoe Cat July 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Why the reference to Clay St? It seems that was uncalled for. The headlines could just as well said "Annapolis Police raid 2 homes near West St" Seems that the author is a little bit racist.
W. L. July 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM
What has naming Clay Street got to do with race? The author is just reporting the facts. If he/she mentioned another street, I still would not know what race lived there. Breaking the law has nothing to do with race or the reporting of it. If the author were black and mentioned a street that some other race lived on, would he be called a racist? Sad.
Annapolis born July 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I agree with Kevin. Maybe ZC has the issue since they think of one race at Clay st.
Anna Staver (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I used the reference because that was how the police chief and mayor referred to the area where the drug busts took place. Both men referred to it as the "Clay Street community."
Dan Cross July 20, 2012 at 04:41 PM
What?!?! The reference to Clay street was probably used because the bust took place near Clay street! As I'm sure it did, jerk!
deborah February 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
The truth is the truth no matter what the race they were wrong get over it Debbie

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