Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, May 2 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., several Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take-Back day at multiple locations. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. This initiative is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide. The Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Drug Take day on May 30.

On May 2, there will be 10 drop-off locations 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 the take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in their lobbies:

Chevy Chase:

MCP 2nd District Police at Village of Friendship Heights Community Center – 4433 S. Park Ave.

Chevy Chase Village Police Station5906 Connecticut Ave.

Gaithersburg:

MCP 1st District Station – 100 Edison Park Rd.

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

Gaithersburg Police Station -14 Fulks Corner Ave.

Germantown:

MCP 5th District Station – 20000 Aircraft Dr.

Rockville:

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack – 7915 Montrose Rd.

Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station – 1002 Milestone Dr.

Takoma Park:

Takoma Park Police Station in the Takoma Park Community Center Building Lobby – 7500 Maple Ave.

Wheaton:

MCP 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Rd.

The Montgomery County law enforcement community is particularly interested 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 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 only be thrown in the trash if safety precautions are followed to prevent them from being ingested by an animal or person. The County’s Division of Solid Waste and Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Mix pills or capsules with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust.
  2. Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.
  3. Put the medication mixture into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent leakage.
  4. Carefully seal the bag and/or container.
  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 the County recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 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.

All the returned medications on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be incinerated by the Montgomery County Department of Police according to state and local regulations.

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Arrest Made in Vandalism To Synagogue

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department and detectives from the Gaithersburg Police Department, with the assistance of the State’s Attorney’s Office, have arrested and charged Sebastian Espinoza-Carranza, age 18, of the 16700 block of Sioux Lane in Gaithersburg, with the April 7 vandalism of the Shaare Torah Synagogue in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg.

“These kinds of cases are often difficult to solve.  I appreciate the tireless detective work by those who investigated this atrocious act,” commented Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger.  “The response to this incident has been loud and clear, and has been heard from nearly every segment of our diverse community.  We don’t tolerate hate, and we will not be intimidated by ignorance.”

“The City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County is an inclusive community and one that prides itself on diversity,” said Chief Sroka of the Gaithersburg Police Department.  “When such a despicable crime occurs, it impacts the entire community irrespective of religion, race or ethnicity.  As such, detectives worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful resolution and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

On April 7 at approximately 7:10 a.m., a Montgomery County police officer was traveling in the area of the Shaare Torah synagogue, (located at 1409 Main Street), when the officer was flagged down by a resident who wanted to report a vandalism that had occurred to the religious building. Officers arrived to the scene and observed spray painted swastikas, “KKK”, and other hate-based graffiti on the walls, windows and doors of the synagogue.

Images of two suspects were captured on the synagogue’s surveillance system between the hours of 2:40 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on April 7. Detectives located additional video surveillance of a group of males in their late teens in one of the nearby 24-hour businesses before and after the crime occurred.  One of the males in the group appeared to be one of the suspects seen on the synagogue surveillance video. Subsequently, several of the teenage males in the video were identified and interviewed, to include Sebastian David Espinosa-Carranza.

On April 14 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Sebastian David Espinosa-Carranza met detectives at the 6th District Station for an interview. He was arrested and confessed to the crimes.

Sebastian David Espinosa-Carranza was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was charged with the following crimes: property damage to a religious institution, defacement of a religious property, and malicious destruction of property over $1,000. Espinoza-Carranza has been released on bond.

Detectives have identified additional juvenile suspects in this vandalism and charges against those suspects are anticipated.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington Executive Director, Ron Halber said, “The Jewish community is grateful to the Gaithersburg and Montgomery County police for their prompt attention, concern and professionalism in their handling of this sensitive matter. ”

 

Click Here to read original Gaithersburg Police Department Press Release and link to video:

Direct link: http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/news/press-releases/2015/04/20150408-vandalism-at-shaare-torah-synagogue-defacement

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Possible Child Neglect in Silver Spring Investigated

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Special Victims Investigations Division and investigators from Child Protective Services are investigating possible child neglect allegations that occurred yesterday in Silver Spring.

On Sunday, April 12 at approximately 4:58 p.m., the Montgomery County Emergency Call Center received a call to check the welfare of two children in the area of Fenton and Easley Streets.  The call was dispatched at 5:00 p.m. and the first officer arrived in the area at 5:01 p.m.  The officer made contact with the complainant who directed the officer to the Fenton Street parking garage where the officer found the children.  This was at 5:03 p.m. The officer observed a homeless subject who he was familiar with, eyeing the children. This male subject remained in the area during the time that the officer was there with the children.

The officer began by identifying the victim children and notifying his supervisors.  At 5:16 p.m., he contacted Child Protective Services (CPS), per established protocol. Under Maryland law, police officers who become aware of circumstances involving possible child abuse or neglect are mandated to contact representatives of Child Protective Services.

At approximately 6:10 p.m., the officer contacted another CPS employee for guidance. At 6:41 p.m., the original CPS worker contacted the officer and stated that a decision was still forthcoming from within CPS.

At 7:18 p.m., a decision was made to transport the children to the CPS offices located at 1301 Piccard Drive in Rockville.  The officer was also advised that CPS would notify the parents.  The officer followed the direction of the CPS worker as procedures dictate – due to the serious nature of a Child Protective Services investigation and concern for the welfare of the children, they cannot be returned home until their safety can be assured.

Prior to being transported to the CPS offices, one of the children asked to use the bathroom.  After an approximate 20 minute ride to CPS, the officer and children arrived at CPS at approximately 7:43 p.m.  A bathroom was made available at that time.

While the children were with the officer, they told the officer that they were hungry and thirsty, stating that they had last eaten hamburgers between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. that afternoon.  The officer related these facts to the CPS employee and advised that he had provided his own bottles of water to them.  The officer had his personal lunch with him as well and was giving it to the children when the older child advised that he and his sister had food allergies – at that point the officer did not want to provide any food item that might cause an adverse reaction to the children so he did not give them his lunch as planned.

Investigators from Child Protective Services as well as detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Special Victims Investigations Division continue to work together on this event.  There will be no disposition regarding this case until the investigation is complete.

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Chief Manger and Officers from the Montgomery County Police Participate in Gaithersburg Youth Summit

On April 8th, Chief Manger, along with approximately 15 officers of the Montgomery County Police Department were invited to participate in a Youth Summit sponsored by Epworth United Methodist Church, the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, the International Cultural Center and Emory Grove United Methodist Church.

The purpose of the summit was to create a dialogue on youth advocacy, community policing, strategies for curbing youth violence and building trust within our community.  Officers participated in an open dialogue forum with approximately 150 teenagers and young adults from the Gaithersburg and Rockville areas. The officers and teens spoke on topics ranging from perceived racial profiling by the youth to how to improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. The summit was viewed as an overwhelming success by those who attended.

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