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Posted on: November 21, 2023

FPD's Tactical Investigations Unit Makes Arrest in Drug Trafficking Operation

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During the month of October 2023, Corporal Johnston of the Frederick Police Department's Tactical Investigations Unit (TIU) began an investigation into an individual, Keith Lamar Wright. 

Information obtained throughout this investigation indicates that Wright was actively involved in the illegal trafficking and later distribution of various types of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), including crack cocaine, heroin, and/or fentanyl, and synthetic cannabinoids in Frederick County, Maryland.

Cpl. Johnston then worked with the Frederick County State's Attorney’s Office to secure a search and seizure warrant for Wright’s apartment, located in the City of Frederick.

On November 21, 2023, members of the Frederick Police Department's Special Response Team (SRT) and Tactical Investigations Unit (TIU) executed a search warrant at Wright's apartment. Inside the apartment, detectives located suspected cocaine, suspected heroin, a .380 caliber handgun, ammunition, a digital scale, and US currency. Based on both the ongoing investigation and evidence recovered during the search warrant, Wright was placed under arrest and charged with multiple drug and firearm-related offenses. Cpl. Johnston transported Wright to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center where he is currently held without bond.

WRIGHT, Keith Lamar (09/22/1982) 

CR 1-1119, Possession with intent to distribute Cocaine.
CR 1-1111, Possession of Cocaine.
CR 1-0484, Possession with intent to distribute Cocaine within 1000 feet of a school zone.
CR 1-1609, Possession of a regulated firearm after been convicted of a crime of violence.
CR 1-1106, Possession of a regulated firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime.
CR 1-5299, Did use a firearm in commission of a felony. 
CR 1-0493, Firearm/ Drug Trafficking Crime
CR 1-1285, Did possess ammunition, being prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm. 

This investigation was a coordinated effort between the Frederick Police Department and the Frederick County States Attorney’s Office under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) provides grant funding and strategic support to MCIN member sites to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations through inter-agency collaboration and data sharing to make Maryland safer. 

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded this project under sub award number MCIN- 2023-0068905. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any Maryland State office or agency. 

Incident Type: CDS / Firearm Investigation
Incident Case Number: 2023-095220
Investigating Officer: Corporal Jeremy Johnston
Author of release: Sgt. Reed Preece


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