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Reports a record increase in the disruption of criminal activity by the Coordinated Network, including illegal seizures of cash, assets, drugs and firearms

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan was joined today by federal, state and local law enforcement officials to announce a new coalition of the Lower Coast of Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN), a coordinated criminal justice network for target higher instances of gang-related crime, in addition to drug, gun, and human trafficking.

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Established in 2017, the MCIN reports a record increase in the program’s role in disrupting criminal activity across the state, including illegal seizures of cash, assets, drugs and firearms. Earlier this year, MCIN facilitated the largest East Coast drug bust ever, including the seizure of enough heroin and fentanyl to kill more than 250,000 people.

“Today, we are announcing the creation of a new Maryland Intelligence Network Lower Shore coalition, with the addition of Worcester County, Somerset County, as well as the existing Dorchester operation, to enhance the capacity of Allied law enforcement on the Lower Shore and to target criminal operations throughout the Delmarva Peninsula,” Governor Hogan said. “I can assure you that we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to make our neighborhoods safer, and we will not stop pursuing these criminal gangs who terrorize our communities.”

MCIN Coalitions are currently active in 16 Maryland jurisdictions, including Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties, in addition of the city of Baltimore. . For fiscal year 2023, Maryland State Police added Somerset and Worcester counties to the existing Dorchester MCIN operation, creating a new Lower Shore MCIN Coalition. Howard County has implemented a new MCIN program led by the Howard County Police Department. Additional funding of $6.5 million will support program expansion, bringing MCIN’s total statewide funding to $25 million.

Record increase in the disruption of criminal activity. Data for 2022 shows that through July 1, MCIN coalitions have disrupted or dismantled more than 400 criminal organizations, including:

  • 68 local gangs, 26 multi-state gangs, 43 international gangs;
  • 197 local drug trafficking organizations, 39 multi-state drug trafficking organizations, 8 international drug trafficking organizations; and
  • 30 local gun trafficking organizations, 3 multi-state gun trafficking organizations, 3 international gun trafficking organizations.

Overall, this reflects a record 97% increase in criminal organizations busted or broken up year over year.

Mid-year data from the 2022 MCIN also reports more than $8.2 million in cash and asset seizures, including:

  • $5.7 million in cash, which includes cash, vehicles and other property believed to be involved in criminal activity
  • $2.2 million and 860 pounds of illicit drugs including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana
  • Over 300 illegal firearms

Overall, this represents a record 108% increase in cash and asset seizures year over year.

“Over time, we have developed the MCIN from an offender-based program in eight jurisdictions into a strong information and data sharing network,” said Kunle Adeyemo, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Prevention. crime, youth and victim services. “These partnerships are invaluable and we thank our allied law enforcement for their unwavering commitment to public safety.”

“I am confident that MCIN’s expansion to the Lower East Coast will improve our ability to keep our communities safe,” said Worcester County State’s Attorney Kristin Heiser. “We will be better prepared to meet all the challenges we face to move forward together.”

MCIN funding is prioritized to help install MCIN program coordinators, data analysts, and prosecutors within each coalition, in addition to supporting ongoing program improvements, including those through Maryland Crime Research and Innovation Center and data sharing enhancements.

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