ANNAPOLIS POLICE BEAT: Armed Robber and Drug Dealer Devontay Alphonso Butler Wasn’t Wanted in the Projects, But Showed Up Anyway with Drugs to Sell to the Hoodsters
ANNAPOLIS, MD. – Two local personalities of crime and drugs in the City Annapolis found new residences in the Anne Arundel County Jail after being busted by a police task force. One of the alleged drug dealers may have been given a prophecy as part of his name at birth in that his middle name was made famous by the Mobster Al Capone.
Police say that on the evening of September 24th and into the morning of September 25th, 2019, members of the Annapolis Police Department Drug Enforcement and FLEX Units conducted an initiative in the Harbour House, Eastport Terrace and Clay Street communities in reference to illegal drug sales, non-fatal drug overdoses and firearm-related violence. The initiative led to the seizure of $1,400 worth of illegal drugs and a loaded handgun.
Annapolis Police say that Devontay Alphonso Butler, 26, (DOB 12/30/1992) of 14 Bens Drive, Apt. #E, Annapolis, Md., was in the 1100 block of Madison Street when officers saw him. Butler is known by officers to be banned from the property of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis.
Police say that when officers approached Butler, he unsuccessfully tried to flee into a locked apartment in Harbour House. Officers caught up to Butler and Officer Kristopher Baum placed him under arrest for trespassing.
Police say that Butler had seven individually packaged paper folds of suspected cocaine, a glass vial containing suspected PCP, a cut straw and drug packaging materials in his possession.
Butler was charged with:
- two counts of possession of CDS with the intent to distribute,
- two counts of possession of CDS not marijuana,
- two counts of possession of CDS paraphernalia
- and trespassing.
He was released from the Anne Arundel County Jail after posting $1,000 bond. Butler has a free attorney provided by Maryland Taxpayers to protect his constitutional rights at trial.
Charges of possession with the intent to sell drugs against Butler filed in 2018 were dropped by Anne Arundel County States Attorney Anne Colt Leitess on March 20, 2019, and two charges were dismissed on June 11, 2019.
Devontay Alphonso Butler entered a guilty plea to an armed robbery in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in a plea deal with Anne Arundel County States Leitess on July 10, 2014. The plea-deal loving prosecutor amazingly agreed to a plea bargain that quickly resulted in this dangerous predator being returned to the streets to rob and sell drugs. The Liberal Democrat prosecutor dropped all charges that originated in 2012, except for the plea of guilty to armed robbery including dropping the charge of use of a gun in a felony crime.
THE DEAL: sentenced to prison for nine years and six months, all of the prison time was suspended except for one year and six months which allowed Butler to skip going to the state prison and serve his time in the country club atmosphere of the Anne Arundel Jail.
Larry Daniel Hucks Jr., 25, (DOB 10/06/1993) of 1818 B Copeland Street, Annapolis, Md., was in the 1000 block of President Street when officers saw him. Police say that Hucks is known by officers and they knew he had an open warrant for failing to appear in court. Hucks fled from officers, but they quickly located him sitting in a parked vehicle. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. At first, Hucks provided the officers with a false name, but officers quickly confirmed his identity and he was arrested for the open warrant. Police K-9 positively alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle and officers located a small amount of suspected cocaine and a loaded handgun. The drugs and handgun were in easy reach of where Hucks was sitting in the vehicle.
Police report that Hucks is currently prohibited from possessing a handgun. Hucks was charged by Annapolis Police Officer Edward Cooper with six criminal charges relating to possession of the illegal drugs, illegal possession of handgun and providing a false name to officers. He is being held at the Anne Arundel County Jail without bond.
Officers were in the unit block of Pleasant Street around 1 a.m. on September 25th when they noticed a parked vehicle occupied by four subjects in the rear parking lot of an apartment building. When officers approached, they could smell the odor of unburnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Ryan McCormick, 18, of Harwood was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Police say that when McCormick exited the vehicle officers saw a bag of suspected marijuana in the driver’s seat. Officers recovered the bag and discovered it had an approximate weight of 30 grams. The front passenger, Leroy Harrod, 19, of North Beach also exited the vehicle and a bag of suspected marijuana was seen in that seat as well. Officers recovered the bag and discovered it had an approximate weight of 15 grams. McCormick and Harrod were both arrested and issued criminal citations for possession of marijuana more than 10 grams. The two passengers in the back seat of the vehicle were not charged with any crime but likely should have been arrested for being stupid, which is an epidemic in Annapolis.
During this initiative officers also arrested Otto Gordy, 26, of Annapolis for trespassing in the Eastport Terrace community. Gordy is banned from the property of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. Gordy was released on his own recognizance.
This initiative was a coordinated effort between
the Annapolis Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit and FLEX Unit under the
Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The Governor’s Office of Crime
Control and Prevention (GOCCP), 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.