From the Aberdeen Police Department:
Over the past several years, the Aberdeen Police Department’s Special Operations Unit has evolved from a uniformed interdiction unit into a covert narcotics investigation unit. Special Operations Unit consists of several detectives who have extensive training in the detection, recognition, and trends of controlled dangerous substances.
Additionally, all members of the Special Operations Unit work closely with other local law enforcement agencies, including the Havre De Grace Police Department, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland State Police. The Aberdeen Police Department has a long history of cooperating with municipal police departments in the area. Currently, Special Operations Unit operates as a force multiplier that is available to respond to community hot spots, reports of drug trafficking complaints within the local community, and receive and disseminate intelligence related to criminal activity occurring both locally and outside their jurisdiction.
The Special Operations Unit has been involved in hundreds of drug investigations that have yielded large amounts of controlled dangerous substances, firearms, and seized US currency.
Since 2011 the Aberdeen Police Department has seized the following:
• Over 30 pounds of marijuana
• Over $90,000 in US currency
• Multiple seized vehicles
• Over 120 arrests for various criminal drug offenses
• Over 20 seized firearms
• Executed over 50 search and seizure warrants related to criminal activities in Aberdeen
The plan of the Special Operations Unit involves targeting those individuals who choose to engage in the use and sales of controlled dangerous substances. This involves disrupting whatever means those individuals use to facilitate their illegal trade by using a proactive style policing approach.