An 8th suspect was arrested in connection to a no-knock search warrant at a Germantown apartment last month, a spokesperson from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said. The apartment allegedly served as a haven for guns and drugs.
Deshawn Nelson, 18, of Germantown appeared in district court Thursday and was ordered held without bond.
On June 22 at approximately 10:39 p.m., Montgomery County Police officers and the SWAT team served a no-knock at apartment #22 located at 19753 Crystal Rock Drive. Police arrested seven suspects who were also ordered held without bond. Six of the seven individuals are validated gang members, according to Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones.
Police seized the following after searching through the residence: four handguns, ammunition, controlled dangerous substances, distribution paraphernalia, a total of $12,525, and multiple cell phones.
Court documents allege that prior to the execution of the search warrant, five individuals inside the apartment started broadcasting on Instagram live. The video showed some of the individuals holding and pointing several handguns at the camera, court documents say. Four out of the five individuals were located inside the apartment when police went inside. Detectives identified the fifth individual to be Nelson.
Nelson was observed holding both guns in he same hand and pointing them at the camera, according to court documents. “The two handguns that Nelson was holding are described as a black Glock with an extended magazine and a tan and black Glock with an extended magazine and a ‘Glock switch’ (a device that converts the firearms into a fully automatic machine gun).”
Nelson is under the age of 21 , which makes him a prohibited person from possessing a regulated firearm. He faces the following charges: possession of firearm/minor and regulated firearm: illegal possession.
Nelson is scheduled to appear back in court on September 2 at 9:30 a.m.