Second phase of MSP Fugitive Warrant Effort results in over 100 arrests in Wicomico and Dorchester Counties

SALISBURY, Md. – Maryland State Police teamed up with law enforcement agencies in Wicomico and Dorchester Counties as part of a continued effort to reduce the number of active fugitive warrants on the lower Eastern Shore.

“Operation: On The Lam[b]” was organized in an attempt to apprehend suspects with open arrest warrants issued through Maryland State Police, Salisbury Police Department, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Delmar Police Department, Fruitland Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

This initiative was a follow up to “Operation: Hide and Seek”, which was conducted back on February 20th and led to 41 arrests. “Operation: Hide and Seek” was focused on gather information and identifying criminal gang members and suspects involved in open criminal investigations in Wicomico County. 11 people with suspected ties to organized gangs were arrested during that initiative.

Long Island Bloods Gang Leader Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Distribution and Multiple Shootings

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Michael Smith, also known as “Bum Jew,” a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 20 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, his participation in two shootings and possessing a firearm. Smith had previously pleaded guilty on November 9, 2015.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.

“With today’s sentence, Smith has been held accountable for his ruthless conduct and for profiting from the human misery he perpetuated in Suffolk County by supplying crack to other Bloods gang members for re-sale as well as directly to addicts himself,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This Office, together with our law enforcement partners, will continue to work tirelessly to dismantle violent street gangs in our communities.” Mr. Donoghue expressed his gratitude to the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force for their outstanding work on the case.