Multi-State “Operation Hide and Seek” Nets 41 Arrest In Three States

Maryland State Police, in partnership with the Salisbury Police Department, assisted in the arrest of more than three dozen people, including nearly a dozen gang members, as part of a multi-state effort to reduce the number of active fugitive warrants in Wicomico County.

As part of “Operation Hide and Seek,” the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit, along with allied law enforcement agencies in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, planned, coordinated and implemented a plan to locate and apprehend suspects who had open arrest warrants issued through the Salisbury Police Department.

The operation focused on gathering information and identifying criminal gang members and suspects of open criminal investigations. “Operation Hide and Seek” was conducted on Feb. 20 and yielded 41 arrests, 11 of which had ties to organized gangs and 13 of whom had out-of-state connections.

Among those arrested were:

Xaundrea Mclean, 28, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment
Matthew Wekheiser, 34, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with driving on a suspended license
Michael Schiller, 22, of Snow, Hill, Maryland. Charged with second-degree assault
Wood Pierre, 39, of Seaford, Delaware. Charged with second-degree assault and false imprisonment
Latissa Diggs, 45, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with second-degree assault and robbery
Nykeria Reaves, 19, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct
Gina Miller, 40, of Bishopville, Maryland. Charged with driving on a suspended license
Sinedra Purnell, 27, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with narcotics distribution and manufacturing opioids
Terius Green, 18, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with motor vehicle theft and concealing a dangerous weapon.
Darryl Miles, 53, of Salisbury, Maryland. Charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance
Two juvenile males wanted on drug possession charges and a Delaware warrant for gang involvement.

The following law-enforcement partners assisted Maryland State Police with “Operation Hide and Seek:” Virginia State Police, Delaware State Police, Maryland Division of Corrections, Federalsburg Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Hurlock Police Department, Fruitland Police Department, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office.

This investigation was made possible in part due to funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), which supports the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN).

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