Montgomery County Police Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

UntitledOn Saturday, April 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Montgomery County Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day at multiple locations. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by disposing of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

The drop-off 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 or in the lobbies of the following facilities:

Collection Sites:

Montgomery County Police Department:

  • 1st District Station/Headquarters – 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878
  • 2nd District Friendship Heights Community Center – 4433 S Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, 20815
  • 3rd District Station – 1002 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, 20904
  • 4th District Station – 2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton, 20902
  • 5th District Station – 20000 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, 20874
  • 6th District Station – 45 West Watkins Mill Road, Gaithersburg, 20878

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.


Officer Attempts to Stop Speeding Vehicles; Investigation Results in Recovery of Two Stolen Vehicles and Arrests

Officers from the 2nd District have arrested and charged Jalen Frederick Carpenter, age 22, of Gallatin Street, NW in Washington, D.C., and Tajuan Reginald Lee, age 22, of Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., with motor vehicle theft and additional criminal charges.

On April 10 at approximately 3:27 a.m., a 2nd District officer was on routine patrol in his marked cruiser when he observed three vehicles driving at excessive speeds on Woodmont Avenue toward Battery Lane in Bethesda.  The officer noted that two of the vehicles were sport utility vehicles (SUV) – one black and one silver in color.  The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and when he crossed Battery Lane, he observed that the silver SUV, a Mazda CX-9, had crashed into the concrete median on Woodmont Avenue just prior to Wisconsin Avenue.  The officer then observed a suspect exit the Mazda CX-9 and enter the black SUV.

The black SUV, a Mercedes-Benz GL450, drove onto northbound Route 355 (Wisconsin Avenue).  Suspecting that the driver was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, officers pursued the vehicle.  As the vehicle continued north on Route 355, it swerved, struck the curb, and left the roadway numerous times.  At Rockville Pike (Route 355) and W. Edmonston Drive, the Mercedez-Benz attempted to make a right turn and crashed into the concrete median on W. Edmonston Drive.

The initial officer observed four suspects running from the vehicle.  Officers, with the assistance of K9, located two suspects (Carpenter and Lee) hiding outside in a gated area of a business; the two suspects were taken into custody.  The other two suspects were not located.

Officers determined that one of the vehicles was registered to an address on Lowell Street in Bethesda and the other vehicle was registered to an address on Marywood Road in Bethesda.  Officers drove to both homes and determined that unbeknownst to the owners, the vehicles had been stolen from their respective driveways sometime after 10:30 p.m. (on April 9).  In both cases, the keys to the stolen vehicles had been left in another vehicle in the driveway and that vehicle had been rifled though.

Carpenter and Lee were arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  They have been charged with criminal acts to include two counts of motor vehicle theft, obstructing and hindering, and possession of burglar tools.  Lee was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine) and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon (knife).

Detectives continue to investigate the possible involvement of these two suspects in thefts from vehicles that were reported to have occurred during the same time period and in the areas from where the vehicles had been stolen.


Jalen Carpenter

Jalen Carpenter

Tajuan Lee

Tajuan Lee

Concern For Missing Montgomery Village Man

Casimiro Cirilo Mojonero

Casimiro Cirilo Mojonero

UPDATE: April 11, 2016: Casimiro Cirilo Mojonero has been located safe and unharmed. The Police Department thanks the media and public for sharing this missing person case.



Detectives from the 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Montgomery Village man.

Casimiro Cirilo Mojonero, 77 years old, left his residence in the 20100 block of Rothbury Lane in Montgomery Village on Saturday, April 9 at approximately 2:00 p.m.  Mr. Mojonero is described as a Hispanic male, 5’ 3” tall, and weighing 130 pounds.  He has dark hair that is turning gray.  At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue jacket, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

Mr. Mojonero suffers from Alzheimer’s and may be confused.  He is known to walk in the area of his Montgomery Village home but is also familiar with public transportation.  He also known to frequent the area of the Westfield Wheaton shopping mall.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Casimiro Cirilo Mojonero is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at 301.279.8000


Concern For Missing Colesville Man

Edward Sin

Edward Sin

UPDATE: April 11, 2016: Edward Sin has been located safe and unharmed.  The Police Department thanks the media and public for sharing this missing person case.


Detectives from the 4th District are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 26-year-old man from the Colesville area of Silver Spring..

Edward Sin, of the 14200 block of Cribbage Terrace, left his residence early Friday, April 8, at approximately 4:30 a.m.  Sin suffers from bipolar disorder and was disturbed over the recent death of his grandfather.

Edward Sin is described as an Asian male, 5′ 7″, and weighing 150 pounds.  He has short black hair and brown eyes.  At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt.

Police and family are concerned for Sin’s physical and emotional well-being.  Anyone with information regarding Edward Sin’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.


Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

DUICheckpointSignTonight, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint. This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance. The checkpoint times are approximate and the checkpoint will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.


WHAT: Sobriety Checkpoint

WHERE: Undisclosed Location

WHEN: Tonight – Friday, April 8 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**


Sobriety Checkpoint Review

The sobriety checkpoint was conducted in the area of University Boulevard E. at Seek Lane in Silver Spring from approximately 11:15 p.m. on April 8 until 2:15 a.m on April 9. Officers arrested 6 people for driving while impaired or under the influence of alcohol/drugs. The average blood alcohol content (BAC) for the arrested suspects was .14. Officers cited 6 people for having an open alcohol container in their vehicle. Officers arrested 3 people for being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.