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Posted on: July 31, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Frederick Police Drug Arrests

The Drug Enforcement Unit arrests four during undercover operations in the downtown area.

During June and July 2012 the Frederick Police Drug Enforcement Unit conducted several undercover operations to address continuing issues and citizen concerns in Frederick’s “downtown” area, including the Carroll Creek Linear Park. As a result of the operations four people were arrested. Details of the arrests follow:

On 06/12/2012, at approximately 2059 hours, Drug Enforcement officers made contact with a man sitting on a bench near the C Burr Arts Library, 110 East Patrick Street, who they believed was smoking marijuana. Upon contacting the man, identified as Schaefer, an officer observed him hiding a smoking device between his legs and smelled the odor of burnt marijuana. Schaefer was subsequently arrested and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center to appear before a District Court commissioner.

Arrested: Schaefer, Daniel P
Date of Birth: 08/17/1989
Address: 7000 Block Ladd Circle, Frederick, MD
Charges: Possession of marijuana and paraphernalia
Case Number: 2012-036646

On 06/21/2012, at approximately 2130 hours, a Drug Enforcement officer was contacted by a man on the Carroll Creek Linear Park who asked if he wanted Percocet. When the officer indicated that he wanted to purchase Percocet from the man, identified as Branthover, he handed the officer a white pill. The officer inspected and questioned the authenticity of the pill but Branthover assured the officer it was Percocet. The officer then purchased eight pills from Branthover for $6. After selling the pills to the officer Branthover was arrested. Branthover was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center to appear before a District Court commissioner. The pills were later identified as Acetaminophen, which is a non-controlled substance.

Arrested: Branthover, Eric
Date of Birth: 04/04/1991
Address: 200 Block Carroll Parkway, Frederick, MD
Charges: Distribution of a non-controlled substance upon the representation that the said substance was a controlled dangerous substance.
Case Number: 2012-038695

On 06/21/2012, at approximately 2145 hours, a Drug Enforcement officer was contacted by a man on the Carroll Creek Linear Park who stated he could provide him marijuana. The man, identified as Scott, walked the officer to the 500 Block of Maxwell Avenue where he made contact with other man, identified as Smith. While in the alley Scott purchased marijuana from Smith. Scott then provided the officer $40 worth of marijuana. The officer then left the area.

On 07/12/2012, at approximately 2030, the Frederick Police Drug Enforcement Unit served a search and seizure warrant in a garage located 40 East 6th Street, which is the location where Scott purchased the marijuana from Smith. During the search officers recovered cocaine, marijuana, and paraphernalia. Smith was arrested and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center to appear before a District Court commissioner.

Arrested: Smith, Merhl S
Date of Birth: 12/15/1944
Address: 1st Block East 6th Street, Frederick, MD
Charges: Distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia.
Case Number: 2012-038704

07/24/2012, at approximately 2105 hours, a Frederick Police Downtown Detail officer located and arrested Scott, who purchased the marijuana from Smith for the undercover officer. Scott was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center to appear before a District Court commissioner.

Arrested: Scott, Paul C
Date of Birth: 01/19/1963
Address: 100 Block South Market Street, Frederick, MD
Charges: Distribution of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, and possession of marijuana.
Case Number: 2012-038704

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