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August Sting Yields Drug Bust of Six in Gaithersburg

Two drug-related search and seizure warrants throughout the city led to six arrests and the seizure of marijuana, ecstasy and paraphernalia.

Six people have been charged in a drug bust in which police seized marijuana, ecstasy, drug paraphernalia and cash, Gaithersburg police announced Tuesday.

Detectives received complaints from citizens and tips from officers in early August about drug activity in the Muddy Branch Road and South Frederick Avenue areas, police said.

Gaithersburg police's investigation led to search warrants issued and executed on Aug. 16 in the 100 block of Garth Terrace and Aug. 23 in the 400 block of Muddy Branch Road.

The Aug. 16 warrant resulted in the seizure of distribution amounts of marijuana and MDMA (Ecstasy), along with several paraphernalia items and approximately $1,300, police said. Several weapons were also found in the residence and officers arrested two individuals and charged two other individuals via criminal citation.

The Aug. 23 warrant resulted in the seizure of distribution amounts of marijuana, paraphernalia, approximately $3,500 and the arrest of two individuals, one of whom attempted to flee from officers by jumping off a second story balcony, police said.

According to Gaithersburg police, those charged include:

  • Rudolph Thompson, 26, of Garth Terrace in Gaithersburg
    • Thompson has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance - marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance - not marijuana, and possession of controlled dangerous substance - paraphernalia. Thompson was released on $10,000 bond.
  • Andre Stevenson, 31, of Garth Terrace in Gaithersburg
    • Thompson has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance - marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance - not marijuana, and possession of controlled dangerous substance - paraphernalia. Stevenson was released on $10,000 bond.
  • Ronald Neal, 58, of Garth Terrace in Gaithersburg
    • Neal was issued a criminal citation for possession of controlled dangerous substance - paraphernalia.
  • Robin Thomas, 45, of Garth Terrace in Gaithersburg
    • Thomas was issued a criminal citation for possession of controlled dangerous substance - paraphernalia.
  • Richard Covington, 23, of Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg
    • Covington has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance - marijuana, and possession of controlled dangerous substance - paraphernalia. Covington is currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center.
  • Stephan Kackley, 27, of Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg
    • Kackley has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance - marijuana, and possession of controlled dangerous substance - paraphernalia. Bond information for Kackley is unavailable at this time.  
Kevin Smith August 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM
The story makes it look like an outstanding arrest. Well, that's a joke. What about the police brutality that occurred on one of the suspects. He sustained numerous stitches to his head and a concussion after the plainclothes officers struck him in the head with an unknown object! I didn't see this in the story.
LeszX September 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Montgomery County should stop prosecuting drug dealers. Drug abuse should be treated as the medical and spiritual problem that it is - not as a criminal matter. The headline of this story says that these arrests resulted from a "sting" operation. We do not need to have County employees acting as spies on the citizenry. If you are called to serve on a jury in a drug-related case - refuse to convict.

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