On September 21st, 2023, at approximately 1:13PM, a uniformed Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy with the Proactive Criminal Enforcement (PACE) Unit was traveling on East Main Street, Westminster, when he noticed a silver Honda Pilot that was being driven with expired registration plates. The Honda was driven into the parking lot at 452 East Main Street, and the Deputy activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop.
The Honda stopped and a passenger exited the vehicle. The driver of the Honda then drove around the parking lot and as it approached the exit of the parking lot, the Deputy yelled at the driver to stop. The driver accelerated out of the lot and continued Westbound on East Main Street.
A Detective with the Carroll County Drug and Firearm Trafficking Task Force (CCDFTTF) located and followed the Honda to an apartment complex located at 99 Charles Street, Westminster. When the driver of the Honda parked and got out of the vehicle, the Detective detained the driver.
The Deputy from the original traffic stop arrived and placed the driver under arrest. Prior to transporting the driver to Central Booking, the Deputy searched the driver and felt an item believed to be contraband concealed within the driver’s pants.
The driver then attempted to flee on foot and the Deputy followed. During the foot chase, the driver was observed damaging a fence in his attempt to flee and was also observed throwing a white colored object over a fence. The Deputy eventually caught up to the driver and he was again taken into custody.
The driver was identified as Bernard Antonio Bey, a 26 year old from Baltimore. The object Bey had thrown during the foot chase was located and found to be a glassine baggie containing suspected Controlled Dangerous Substances, which included one glassine baggie containing suspected fentanyl, and numerous additional baggies containing a large quantity of suspected crack cocaine.
Bey was transported to Carroll County Central Booking and charged with:
- Resist/Interfere with arrest
- CDS: Possession with intent to distribute (Narcotic) – 2 counts
- CDS: Possession, Not cannabis – 2 counts
- Malicious destruction of property (less than $1000)
Bey was also charged with traffic citations for the expired registration and fleeing/eluding. He was held without bond and remains at the Carroll County Detention Center as of this news release.
(All individuals are presumed innocent of the pending charges until proven guilty in a court of law)
This investigation was a coordinated effort between the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, Carroll County Drug and Firearms Trafficking Task Force and the Pro-Active Community Enforcement Unit, which is comprised of personnel from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Westminster Police Department, under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services Governor’s Office provided funding to support this project and investigation under subaward number, MCIN-2023-0004. All points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of any Maryland State office or Federal agency.
(Information above is from Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office)