CENTREVILLE — Six people have been charged in connection to what police have described as a significant drug trafficking organization on the upper Eastern Shore.
They include Terrance Darnell Brooks Jr., 41, of Millington, who allegedly headed the drug ring, according to a Jan. 7 news release from the Maryland State Police.
Also charged are Terrance Darnell Brooks Sr., 64, of Millington; Chestertown area residents Carrie Hope Harris, 40, and Aaron Ashley Garnett, 49; and Michael David Bragg, 54, and Joanne Marie Bragg, 75, both of Elkton.
The investigation is continuing. Additional arrests are pending, according to the news release.
The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force initiated investigation into suspected distribution of large amounts of opioid pills and cocaine in the county.
The task force requested and received assistance from the Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit during the summer and fall of 2020. Multiple law enforcement agencies from Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Talbot counties,, including the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, ultimately provided assistance.
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann applauded the joint law enforcement teamwork and commitment to keeping the community safe and free of illegal drugs.
“As I have often said, if you are dealing drugs it’s only a matter of time before we hunt you down and arrest those responsible for killing our community,” Hofmann said in the news release.
“If you have a substance abuse issue we will help you,” Hofmann said, “but we will not tolerate drug sales in and around our community.”
According to the news release, the investigation confirmed that an organization believed to be led by Terrance Brooks Jr. was involved in the daily distribution of both powder and crack cocaine and illegal opioid prescription pills in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.
Police said evidence was developed that enabled investigators to obtain 12 search warrants for four residences, five vehicles and two individuals.
The homes searched were located in Millington and Chestertown. Two of the warrants were served at the same address.
Police recovered suspected powder cocaine, Oxycodone, Adderall and Alprazolam pills, Suboxone strips, an assault pistol, a shotgun and two handguns, according to the news release.
Four vehicles and more than $17,000 in cash believed to be connected to the drug operation were seized.
The first person to be arrested was Terrance Brooks Jr.
Police on Nov. 17 served a knock-and-announce warrant at 405 Spring Road in the Queen Anne’s County portion of Millington. Police identified this as Brooks’ residence.
According to court records, police seized 38.1 grams of suspected cocaine; 150 Oxycodone pills; drug paraphernalia; more than $12,000 in cash; and a loaded Ruger .44 caliber single-action revolver.
Police reported that a search of the National Crime Information Center indicated the gun was stolen from Caroline County.
The revolver was located under Brooks’ mattress and was not secured with a gun lock, according to court documents.
Police reported that Brooks’ three juvenile children were in the residence and could access the gun and drugs, which were not secured.
Brooks is charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (four counts); possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia (five counts); use of a firearm during a felony; use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime; illegal possession of a regulated firearm (two counts); illegal possession of a stolen regulated firearm; reckless endangerment; and neglect of a minor.
He remains held without bail.
Terrance Brooks Sr. was arrested Dec. 2 and charged on a criminal summons with possession of an illegal assault weapon. He was released on personal recognizance.
According to online court records, Terrence Brooks Sr. also lives at 405 Spring Road.
Garnett, who was arrested Dec. 14, and Harris, who was arrested Dec. 18, also were released on personal recognizance. Their Chestertown addresses are in Queen Anne’s County, according to the online state Department of Assessments and Taxation website.
Garnett was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; possession of cocaine (two counts); possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of controlled dangerous substance packaging materials; and maintaining a common nuisance.
Harris was charged with possession of cocaine; possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute; conspiracy to possess Oxycodone with the intent to distribute; possession of Oxycodone; and conspiracy to possess Oxycodone.
Michael Bragg and Joanne Bragg, both arrested Dec. 22, were charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone; conspiracy to possess Oxycodone with the intent to distribute; distribution of Oxycodone; and possession of Oxycodone with the intent to distribute.
They have the same address, according to an online case search of the Maryland Judiciary.
Michael Bragg is being held without bail.
Joanne Bragg was released on $2,500 unsecured personal bond.
In the news release, Queen Anne’s State’s Attorney Lance Richardson said: “On behalf of the State’s Attorney’s Office, we would like to convey our great appreciation of law enforcement’s efforts in this investigation. The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force has worked tirelessly and steadily in their fight against drug dealers. Our community is overwrought by those who are willing to make a buck by exploiting those who suffer drug addiction. But we will not stop in our fight against them.”