June 26, 2019 | Staff Writer

Feds Sentence Gaithersburg Man for Distributing Narcotics

A Gaithersburg man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison on drug charges, selling the potent addictive chemical fentanyl that led to at least one death, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greenbelt. Leandro Acevedo Lozada, 34, received 150 months in federal prison from U.S. District Judge Paul […]

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July 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Gaithersburg Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution

A 33-year-old Gaithersburg man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court on charges that he distributed the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a court statement. Leandro Acevedo Lozada and federal prosecutors have agreed that if the court accepts his plea agreement, Lozada will be sentenced to at least 10 years, but no more than 20 […]

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April 5, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Man Sentenced for Selling Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

A 42-year-old Takoma Park man received a 14½-year prison sentence Thursday for heroin and firearms possession charges in U.S. District Court, the Justice Department said Thursday. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel also sentenced Stanley Eugene Green Jr. to supervised release after his imprisonment, according to the Justice Department statement. Green pleaded guilty to the […]

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February 2, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Man Pleads Guilty to Drug, Firearms Charges

A 42-year-old Takoma Park man pleaded guilty to heroin and firearms charges in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel has scheduled the sentencing for April 5. According to the plea agreement, Stanley Eugene Green Jr. and others sold and possessed heroin […]

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October 25, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Crowel: County Needs To Chart Middle Ground in Opioid Crisis (VIDEO)

Montgomery County needs to start a conversation about the next steps in combating the opioid epidemic, a conversation that includes needle exchanges and “safe houses” where addicts can take drugs under supervision. The comment comes from the point person on the opioid epidemic in the county health department. Dr. Raymond Crowel said he knew the […]

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July 18, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Opioid Crisis Growing in Montgomery County, Police Say

The opioid crisis in Montgomery County is growing, police told the County Council’s Public Safety Committee on Monday. Nonfatal overdoses increased 175 percent from 2015 to 2016, and fatal overdoses increased more than 50 percent, according to police statistics. Nonfatal overdoses had been up 90 percent year-to-date over last year at one point in 2017, […]

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April 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

ATF, Local Police Arrest Man with Cash, Guns, Heroin Laced with Fentanyl

Officers from Takoma Park police, Montgomery County police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested a man and seized three handguns, $37,000, drug-packaging material as well as narcotics suspected to be heroin laced with fentanyl, a Takoma Park police statement said Thursday. The arrest was part of a multiagency undercover investigation that […]

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March 1, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan to Spend $50 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic; Declares State of Emergency

Gov. Larry Hogan announced $50 million Wednesday to address the state’s opioid crisis as well as declaring a state of emergency that would activate the governor’s emergency management authority, creating more rapid coordination between state and local jurisdictions. Hogan also appointed his senior emergency management adviser, Clay Stamp, to lead the state’s coordinated effort to […]

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October 13, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Heroin: “The Quiet Epidemic” in Montgomery County (VIDEO)

County Cable Montgomery has produced a 30-minute video report about the heroin epidemic in Montgomery County. You can watch the show in its entirety, below:

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September 23, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, Sept. 23, in Montgomery County

It’s Friday, and the second day of fall. Here are your five things to know today, Sept. 23, in Montgomery County: 1. Human Trafficking: A regional conference about preventing and prosecuting human trafficking takes place today at the Universities at Shady Grove. 2. Fatal Overdoses on the Rise:  The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene […]

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