Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; An Opportunity to Help Prevent Opioid Abuse by Safe Disposal of Unused Opioid Prescriptions

On Saturday, October 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, as Montgomery County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Understanding the prevalence of opioid overdoses and abuse, this event is a particularly important means for the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted opioid prescriptions and prevent their life-threatening abuse.

County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office are co-sponsoring the effort. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

Drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in facility lobbies:

  • Bethesda:

MCP 2nd District Police Station – 4823 Rugby Avenue

  • Chevy Chase:

Chevy Chase Village Police Station5906 Connecticut Avenue

  • Gaithersburg:

Gaithersburg Police Station – 14 Fulks Corner Ave.

North Creek Community Center – 20125 Arrowhead Rd., Montgomery Village

Senior Living at Kentlands Manor – 217 Booth St., Kentlands

  • Germantown:

MCP 5th District Station – 20000 Aircraft Drive

Wegmans – 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway

  • Rockville:

Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriffs, Rockville City Police Station – 2 W. Montgomery Avenue (Lobby of Rockville City Police building)

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack – 7915 Montrose Road

Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington – 6125 Montrose Rd.

  • Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station – 1001 Milestone Drive

Fire Station 1/ 3rd District Central Business District Satellite Station – 8110 Georgia Avenue

  • Takoma Park:

Takoma Park Police at Takoma Park City Building Lobby – 7500 Maple Avenue

  • Wheaton:

MCP 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Road

Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed.

Disposing of prescription drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  2. Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  3. Seal the bag and/or container.
  4. Crush pills or tablets.
  5. Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  6. Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  7. Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

Note: The following law enforcement agencies offer year-round prescription drug take-back collection boxes at their stations:

Chevy Chase Village Police – 5906 Connecticut Ave.

Gaithersburg Police – 14 Fulks Corner Ave.

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack – 7915 Montrose Rd.

Takoma Park Police – 7500 Maple Avenue



Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in North Potomac; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspects who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate a residential burglary that occurred in North Potomac in late July.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of three suspects who were captured on store surveillance video using the victim’s stolen credit card and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on July 17, a resident in the 12500 block of Falconbridge Drive parked his/her car in the garage of their home and left the garage door open and vehicle doors unlocked during the overnight hours.  The next day, the homeowner discovered credit cards had been stolen from the car.

Investigators determined that the male suspect used one of the victim’s stolen credit cards on the morning of July 18 at the Giant Food grocery store located at 229 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg, and the two female suspects used that same stolen card at approximately 2:00 p.m. on July 19 at that same Giant Food store.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.    To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and /or indictment of the suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.


Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac. Detectives believe that the T-shirt this suspect is wearing is a “Trader Joe’s” shirt given to employees

Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Suspects who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Concern For Germantown Man

Update: October 15, 2018 – Wayne Earl Hatcher has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives with the 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Germantown man.

Wayne Earl Hatcher, 58 years old, of Split Rock Lane in Germantown, left his residence on Saturday, October 13, at approximately 2:30 p.m. He stated he was going to the bank.  Family has been unable to contact him since that time.

Wayne Hatcher is described as an African American male, 5′ 06″ tall and weighing 160 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  He is believed to be driving a white 2018 Toyota Camry.  It is unknown what type of clothing he may be wearing.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Wayne Earl Hatcher is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number of 301.279.8000.


Fatal Motorcycle Collision Investigated in Ashton

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred last night in Ashton.

On Saturday, October 13, at approximately 7:00 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a personal injury collision on Ashton Road (Route 108) between Ashland Drive and Tucker Road.  First responders located an adult male who had been operating a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle and an adult male driver and an adult female passenger of a Toyota RAV4 at the scene.  The three adults had been injured in a collision involving the vehicles.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Ashton Road while the Toyota was traveling westbound.  For reasons still under investigation, the two vehicles collided on a curve between Ashland Drive and Tucker Road.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Suburban hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  He is being identified as Gregory Viccharelli, 56 years old, of Astoria Lane in Ashton.

The driver of the Toyota is being identified as Jae Li Yang, 59 years old, of Deer Run in Laurel.  His passenger is being identified as  Ki Chan Chi, a 92-year-old female of Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney.  They were transported to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.


Detectives Investigate Germantown 7-Eleven Armed Robbery; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who robbed a Germantown 7-Eleven

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the October 4 armed robbery of a convenience store in Germantown.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Thursday, October 4 at approximately 2:31 a.m., 5th District officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 12301 Middlebrook Road for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that an adult male employee was behind the counter when the suspect entered the store.  The suspect approached the employee, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash from the registers.  The suspect obtained currency from the business and fled.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this armed robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.