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Cpl. Rick Alexander, Anne Arundel County Police officer, charged in narcotics bust

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Cpl. Rick Alexander. Photo: Anne Arundel County Police

Cpl. Rick Alexander, an Anne Arundel County Police officer, has been arrested and charged in connection with a narcotics search and seizure, police say.

Thursday night at approximately 10:00 p.m., members of the Anne Arundel County Police Southern District PACT Unit and the Special Operation Section executed a narcotics search and seizure warrant in the 1300 Block of Juniper Street, Shadyside, Anne Arundel County.

During interviews with suspects who were detained at the home, it was discovered that they had been tipped by Cpl. Alexander that a search warrant was going to be executed at their home. Cpl. Alexander was working at the time, assigned to the Southern portion of Anne Arundel County.

Detectives confirmed that the suspects had known Cpl. Alexander prior to the search warrant being executed at their home.

On Friday, members of the Professional Standards Unit, along with the State's Attorneys Office, continued the investigation throughout the day. Detectives were able to confirm the allegations through conversations and phone records between Cpl. Alexander and one of the suspects.

Small quantities of suspected controlled dangerous substances were recovered from the residence. Detectives were later directed to another location where they located 82.9 grams of suspected marijuana with an estimated street value of approximately $829.00, police say.

According to the suspects, the suspected controlled dangerous substances had been removed from the residence and concealed in another location prior to the execution of the search warrant as a result of Alexander's warning.

Cpl. Alexander, 36, a 14-year veteran of the police department, was charged with Obstruction and Hindering a Police Officer, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Misconduct in Office and Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine.

Alexander is a fourteen year member of the department and was assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau.

He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and released on his own personal recognizance.

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