On February 28 and March 25, officers from the 5th District – Special Assignment Team (SAT) arrested Shamauri Scott, age 19, of Crystal Hill Circle in Germantown, on the strength of separate Montgomery County criminal warrants for his arrest. During the February arrest, Scott was found to be in possession of drugs and ammunition and during the latest arrest, Scott was found to be in possession of drugs and a loaded handgun.
On February 28, 5th District officers arrested Scott on an open warrant for charges to include participation in a criminal gang. During that arrest, Scott was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana, narcotics, and ammunition. The drugs were tested and confirmed to be marijuana and narcotics. 5th District officers then obtained a warrant for Scott’s arrest for drug-related charges to include possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them.
On March 25, 5th District officers were attempting to locate Scott and arrest him on the warrant for his arrest when they observed him walking in the area of his residence. Scott attempted to flee from officers but was arrested. Officers searched Scott’s book bag and located a loaded handgun, drugs, cash, and a digital scale.
Scott is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to his age and prior criminal convictions.
Scott was transported to the Central Processing Unit on the strength of the open warrant. Scott was charged with additional drug-related crimes and firearm offenses and is being held on a no-bond status.
5th District Commander Mark Plazinski said of this arrest, “I am so proud of these officers. In the midst of this pandemic they are still committed to accomplishing the mission of this police department and keeping our residents safe from a dangerous armed felon. The sad fact is that we arrested this same suspect three weeks ago and he currently has four open felony cases. Our criminal justice system needs to do better.”
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police -3rd District have arrested and charged Zachary Scott, age 39, of the 5900 block of Surratts Village Drive in Clinton, with drug and firearm-related offenses.
On Monday, March 23, at approximately 5:59 p.m., 3rd District officers observed drug activity occurring outside a convenience store in the 7900 block of Georgia Avenue. Officers approached a subject, later identified as Scott, and determined that Scott was in possession of approximately 11 grams of crystal methamphetamine, approximately 19 grams of MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), marijuana, multiple needles, and a digital scale.
Further investigation determined that Scott was staying at a hotel located on 13th Street in downtown Silver Spring. Officers obtained a search warrant for Scott’s hotel room and during the search, they located an Interarms .380 handgun. It was determined that Scott is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior criminal convictions.
Scott was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.
Interarms .380 handgun located in Scott’s hotel room
MDMA (ecstasy) located on Scott
Crystal methamphetamine located on Scott
Additional drugs located on Scott
Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District have arrested and charged Kossi Mensah, age 34, of Royal Road in Silver Spring, with crimes to include drug possession, drug distribution, and firearm-related offenses.
On March 4, at approximately 6:45 p.m., 3rd District officers were monitoring the White Oak area of Silver Spring when an officer observed what he believed to be a drug transaction between an individual on foot, who was later identified as Mensah, and a person in a Nissan Rogue. When the transaction was complete, the Nissan left the area. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and as the driver accelerated down the street, he threw a bag of marijuana out of the vehicle window.
While officers were attempting to stop the vehicle involved in the suspected drug transaction, other officers observed Mensah walk toward the White Oak Shopping Center. As officers approached Mensah he fled on foot. As he ran, Mensah continued to reach toward his waist. Officers pursued Mensah and he was arrested.
Upon arrest, officers located marijuana on Mensah and also recovered crack cocaine, eutylone, and ecstasy (MDMA) that Mensah had thrown to the ground as he was running from officers. Officers also located a loaded handgun that Mensah had thrown.
It was determined that Mensah is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior criminal convictions.
Mensah was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Investigative Section have arrested five Clarksburg High School students with offenses related to the possession of a handgun at Clarksburg High School. The five students arrested are:
- Tyson Brown, age 16, of Clarksburg – charged as an adult with possession of a handgun, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery
- Justin Ferguson, age 18, of Gaithersburg, charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
- Juvenile male, age 15, charged as a juvenile with possession of a handgun and possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds
- Juvenile male, age 15, charged as a juvenile with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
- Juvenile male, age 16, charged as a juvenile with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery
On Monday, February 10, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to and working at Clarksburg High School (located at 22500 Wims Road) was notified by an administrator that a 15-year-old student had been a victim of a robbery earlier that day. The SRO also received information from a witness that this victim had brought a gun to school.
The SRO located the robbery victim in the school. A search of the student’s backpack revealed a loaded handgun magazine. The student admitted that he had brought a handgun to school that day.
Additional investigation by detectives revealed that the victim of the robbery (who brought the gun to school) and the four additional suspects all met in the bathroom in the morning. At some point during the interaction, the robbery occurred and the four suspects stole the handgun and the robbery victim’s wallet and cash.
The three juveniles who have been charged as juveniles were arrested, processed at the 5th District station, and released to their parents/guardians. The two suspects charged as adults have been transported to the Central Processing Unit.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Multiple searches have been conducted but the handgun has not been recovered.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
Note: A mugshot of Ferguson is not available at this time. It will be added to this press release if it becomes available. Mugshots of juveniles are not released.
Fourth District officers have arrested and charged Carlos Aquino, age 29, of Aspen Hill Road in Rockville, with possession of a stolen handgun and possession of cocaine.
On February 2 at approximately 1:38 a.m., officers responded to the 11300 block of Georgia Avenue in Wheaton for the report of a male with a gun. Security personnel at a local establishment told officers that they observed a male with a handgun in the area. The witnesses were able to provide a detailed description of the suspect to officers.
An officer observed a male matching the description of the suspect walking in the 2300 block of Price Avenue. When officers attempted to approach the male he fled while holding his waistband. The suspect ran to a parking garage in the 11300 block of Amherst Avenue and was observed by officers throwing something. The male was apprehended in the parking garage and was identified as Aquino. The item he discarded, a loaded handgun, was recovered, and it was determined that the gun had been stolen from Atlanta, Georgia. Aquino also had cocaine in his possession.
Aquino was transported to the Central Processing Unit and has been released on bond.