Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:05 PM
Published on: Thursday, December 12, 2013
It was one Laurel ‘s biggest drug bust in the last few years said Police Officials.
At a press conference that held at Laurel City Police Department, City of Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin announced that police officers and officers from the Laurel Police Department Drug Interdiction Task Force identified suspicious activity in and around the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express on Dec. 5, located in the 14400 block of Laurel Place, in Laurel.
Police officers and members of the Task Force noticed some activity around a small rented van used for moving, and drug sniffing canine dogs were called to the scene. The dogs detected the presence of drugs and possible narcotics.
A search warrant was quickly obtained and officers found 180 pounds of marijuana (wrapped in one pound individual packages).
Laurel Police Investigators believe the ‘street value’ of the marijuana is more than half a million dollars or approximately $540,000.
“We patrol that area and other areas around the city for suspicious drug activity. We were at the right place at the right time” said Pete Piringer, spokesperson for the City of Laurel Police Department.
After an extensive investigation, Laurel Police have charged Victor Camarillo, age 30, of Henderson, Nevada, for his involvement. Mr. Camarillo is charged through the State of Maryland with Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana (Large Amount) and Importing a controlled Dangerous Substance, Marijuana, into the State of Maryland . Other charges are pending. The Baltimore office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been notified.