Maryland Governor: $6 Million to Address Heroin & Opioid Crisis

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan  today announced $6 million in new awards to support the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network and heroin coordinators.

“The work of our heroin coordinators and the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network are an integral part of our comprehensive strategy to collaborate across jurisdictions to dismantle criminal organizations, remain ahead of potential threats, refer individuals struggling with addiction to treatment, and to keep our state and citizens safe,” said Governor Hogan.  “This funding will support a statewide effort to address the heroin and opioid public health crisis in an integrated investigative manner, and to stop criminal organizations from bringing illegal guns and drugs into our communities.”

In 2017, the governor announced the creation of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN), a criminal justice strategy coordinated at the local, state, and federal levels to target gangs, drug, firearms, and human trafficking.  There are currently 14 MCIN Coalitions: Allegany, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Dorchester County, Frederick County, Harford County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Washington County, and Wicomico County.

More than $12.5 million has been awarded through the MCIN program. Operations have resulted in various successes including:

  • 1,176 criminal organizations disrupted or dismantled
  • 509 kgs illegal drugs seized
  • 975 firearms seized
  • 127 human trafficking victims rescued
  • More than $17.5 million in seized drugs and assets

The state’s Heroin Coordinator Program is a multi-agency partnership with the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Opioid Operational Command Center to combine law enforcement and investigative strategies to battle the heroin epidemic by tracking drug investigations, seizures, and arrests; linking overdose victims to drug trafficking organizations operating within the state and across the state line; and referring individuals struggling with addiction to public health resources.

More than $4 million has been awarded through the Heroin Coordinator Program.  Significant achievements have been made possible through these grants including:

  • 81 drug trafficking organizations identified
  • More than 10,000 treatment referrals

Today’s awards include $4,908,696 for the 14 MCIN coalitions across the state and $1,362,537 for heroin coordinators statewide for a combined total of $6,271,233.