After an eight-month investigation in Frederick, police have arrested 15 people thought to be working in an organized group in connection with drug activity.
The Frederick News-Post reports 14 adults and one juvenile were arrested for drug activity in the area of South and Madison streets. The investigation resulted in 10 search-and-seizure warrants. Six guns were confiscated, along with crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana, heroin and Ecstasy. The adults arrested are between the ages of 19 and 47.
The investigation began in September as the city experienced a rash of crime on the south side of its downtown area. Members of the group, known as "The Money Gang," were connected to a brawl downtown on Oct. 1. One person was seriously injured in the incident.
The day before the fight, 36-year-old Lamont Ellis, of Urbana, was found shot to death after a night out with friends downtown. Police say the homicide investigation remains unsolved and that it would be "speculation" to connect the group to the killing.