Five people were arrested and more than $5,000 worth of heroin and cocaine were seized in three different incidents Thursday, according to a news release from the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
Officers from the Southern District participated in Operation H.O.P.E. (Heroin Overdose Prevention & Eradication). Southern Patrol and Operation HOPE officers responded to the 100 block of Mitchells Chance Road in Edgewater at about 3:30 p.m. to investigate a report of a controlled dangerous substance complaint.
In the first incident, officers approached a brown Ford Explorer with a man inside and saw a hypodermic syringe cap lying on the passenger seat, along with a belt next to the driver’s right arm. The officers knew that belts are used as makeshift tourniquets in order to inject heroin, the release said.
After talking to the driver, officers found a fully loaded hypodermic syringe under the driver’s seat along with a still warm spoon behind the center console. Joseph Andrew Gaetano, 22, of the 400 block of Walton Road in Huntingtown was charged with possession of heroin, CDS administer and possession paraphernalia.
Next, officers on foot patrol at 4:38 p.m. Thursday saw a man in the front seat of a silver Honda Civic in the parking lot of 2002 Annapolis Mall in Annapolis. As officers approached the vehicle they saw the suspect holding a hypodermic syringe in his hand and a silver spoon on the center console.
A search of the car turned up heroin and 29 syringes. The suspect was identified as Adam Scott Konsistorum, 27, of the 1100 block of August Drive in Annapolis. He was charged with possession of heroin, CDS administer and possession paraphernalia.
In the third arrest, officers observed a man sitting in a vehicle parked in the Best Western parking lot in the 2500 block of Riva Road in Annapolis. According to the news release, officers saw material used in the ingestion of crack cocaine. The car’s occupant, Sean Salisbury, 44, of the 5600 block of Shadyside Road in Churchton was charged with CDS possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As police were talking to Salisbury, they saw another man, Dewayne Adrian Mason, leave a hotel room and then drop a small object on the ground when he noticed the officers. The officers said Mason had dropped two small baggies containing crack cocaine and cocaine HCL.
Mason was charged with controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession and CDS possession with intent.
Officer executed a search warrant for the hotel room, in which they reportedly found 21.6 grams of heroin with a value $2,592 and 30 grams of cocaine with a value of $2,700.
Another person related to the two suspects, Franklin Leon Mason Jr., 61, of the Unit block of West Washington Street in Annapolis, was arrested for open warrant for possession with intent to distribute CDS.