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Salisbury, MD – In November 2022, members of the Salisbury Police Department noticed an uptick in suspected drug sales and other criminal activity occurring at 800 block of W. Isabella Street in Salisbury, MD. The Crime Reduction Unit began an investigation and quickly identified several individuals, one of which being identified as Lavoya Neal. Neal was suspected of being involved in criminal activity, which included the sale and distribution of narcotics in Salisbury, Maryland.

As the investigation unfolded, members of the CRU developed probable cause for search and seizure warrants for Neal’s residence, which was located within the 700 block of Dennis Street in Salisbury, Maryland. Included in the warrants were Neal’s personal vehicle, and Neal’s person. The search and seizure warrants were served by members of the Salisbury Police Tactical Unit and Crime Reduction Unit assisted by members of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the search and seizure warrants, law enforcement located and recovered quantities of suspected CDS that included 426 grams of marijuana, distribution paraphernalia, and a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

At the time of the search and seizure warrants, Mr. Neal was located at the W Isabella Street location, where he was arrested without incident by members of the Salisbury Police Department. Mr. Neal was transported to the Salisbury Police Department and later released to the Wicomico County Detention Center for initial appearances before a District Court Commissioner.

This investigation was coordinated under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services provides grant funding and strategic support to MCIN member sites to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations through inter-agency collaboration and data sharing to make Maryland safer.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services assisted in the funding of this project. All points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of any Maryland State office or agency.

Members of the Crime Reduction Unit are continuing their investigation into how Mr. Neal came to be in possession of the handgun. This investigation is ongoing and the Salisbury Police Department requests anyone with additional information concerning this investigation to contact the Salisbury Police Crime Reduction Unit at (410) 548-3165 or information can be provided anonymously through Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.

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