Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 16, 2017

Nat’l Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 28 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.

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:


MCP 2nd District Police Station                                     7359 Wisconsin Avenue

Chevy Chase:

Village of Friendship Heights Community Center            4433 S. Park Avenue

Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                 5906 Connecticut Avenue


Damascus Library                                                             9701 Main Street


MCP 6th District Station                                                  45A West Watkins Mill Rd. 

Gaithersburg Police Station                                              14 Fulks Corner Avenue

Asbury Methodist Village – Lobby of Hefner Bldg.            417 Russell Avenue

Senior Living at Kentlands Manor                                      217 Booth St., Kentlands


MCP 5th District Station                                                    20000 Aircraft Drive


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 Road

Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station                                                    1001 Milestone Drive

Fire Station 1                                                                       8110 Georgia Avenue

Takoma Park:

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


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.




Police Foundation Donates Backpacks for “Back to School” Event

Recently, 3rd District Community Services Officer Glenda Joseph and officers from the MCP Community Engagement Division participated in the “Back to School Supply Drive” event held at the Silver Spring Civic Center located at One Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring.  MCP officers distributed approximately 200 backpacks to middle school-aged children.  The backpacks, which contained school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils, were donated by the Montgomery County Police Foundation.

The Montgomery County Police Foundation is a private, non-profit organization comprised of private business owners and residents, whose mission is to support and provide resources to the Montgomery County Police Department.

The Montgomery County Police Foundation assists with one-time purchases of items that are needed by MCP and that are not included in the County’s police budget.  Through the years, the police foundation has provided funding to MCP for training, facilities, and equipment.

We thank the Montgomery County Police Foundation and its partners for their contributions toward public safety.

For further information about the Montgomery County Police Foundation, please visit their web site at:


3rd District Community Services Officer Glenda Joseph handing out backpacks during the “Back to School Supply Drive” at the Silver Spring Civic Center


Officers Encounter Suspect Armed with a Gun after Responding to a Disorderly/Noise Complaint

David Leroy Bruce

Yesterday, August 29 at approximately 8:13 p.m., 3rd District officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 3300 block of Parkford Manor Terrace for a disorderly/noise complaint in progress.

Once on scene, responding officers could hear that the volume of the television was set at a very high level. Officers verbally announced their presence toward an open balcony door but got no response. They could see that someone was inside. One of the three officers, all in full uniform, then knocked on the front door and again announced that they were police. When the door slowly opened, a handgun was pointed directly at the officer while the suspect attempted to conceal himself behind the door.

The officers took cover and continued to shout commands to drop the gun. The suspect came out to his balcony and maintained control of the gun for several minutes as officers continued to give clear verbal commands to drop the weapon. Eventually the suspect dropped his gun but officers could not be certain if he would pick it back up or if he had any other weapons on him.

After backup officers arrived, the officers forced entry into the apartment and the suspect followed their commands to leave the apartment and was taken into custody without further incident.

Responding detectives from the Firearms Investigations Unit recovered a handgun loaded with six .32-caliber rounds that the suspect had pointed at the officer. Additional firearms were located and seized. A surveillance camera monitor was observed inside the apartment which could make it possible for the suspect to observe officers approach prior to them knocking on the front door.

David Leroy Bruce, age 59, of the above block address, was charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime. Bond Information is not yet available.

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Detectives Seek Help from Public to Identify Commercial Armed Robbery Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section are today releasing surveillance photographs of two suspects involved in a commercial armed robbery that occurred on August 8 at approximately 9:45 p.m. at the CVS/Pharmacy located at 9520 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The public is being asked for assistance in identifying the suspects.

The initial investigation revealed that a male suspect armed with a handgun entered the CVS. With him was another male suspect who served as a lookout while the armed suspect committed the robbery. The store cashier and manager were forced at gunpoint to provide the cash contents of the store’s safe. Both suspects fled in an unknown direction.

The armed suspect is described as a male with fair to medium complexion, wearing a gray baseball cap, a gray scarf which covered the bottom half of his face, black shirt, black pants, and white tennis shoes.

The suspect, who served as a lookout standing by the store’s entrance, is described as a black male with a dark complexion and black dreadlocks/twists, wearing a green construction helmet, a yellow reflective vest, black tee shirt, and tan cargo pants.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects and/or this commercial armed robbery is asked to call robbery detectives 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.

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armed robber in black


armed robber

lookout suspect

lookout suspect

lookout suspect


Detectives Investigate Vandalism to Third District Police Station

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a vandalism to Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District Station located at 1002 Milestone Drive in White Oak.

On Monday, July 24 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Montgomery County Police personnel at the 3rd District Station discovered that an exterior window to the police station had been vandalized.  Detectives believe that this vandalism occurred last night (July 23) or prior to and/or over the past weekend.  The vandalism occurred to a room with limited traffic on the lower level of the police station and there were no injuries reported.  Detectives further believe that this vandalism was caused by a projectile from a BB or pellet gun.

Anyone with information regarding this vandalism and/or the suspect(s) is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  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.


Vandalism to window at 3rd District Police Station

Vandalism to window at 3rd District Police Station