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Maryland Natural Resources Police Blotter

Baltimore County (January 19, 2011) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Erik Todd Weyant, 27 of Middle River, Md., for altering serial numbers on jet skis.  NRP stopped Weyant’s truck on September 26 when they observed a jet ski with the serial numbers removed in the bed of the truck.  NRP conducted three search and seizure warrants which netted five jets skis, two identification numbers, trailers and jet ski engines. NRP charged Weyant with two counts of removing/obliterating a manufacturer’s serial number, six counts of maintaining an item with a removed manufacturer’s serial number and two counts of possessing a manufacture’s serial number for fraudulent purposes. A trial date has been set for April 6, 2011 in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County.

Somerset County – Natural Resources Police (NRP) arrested John Hunter Haddaway, 23 of Tilghman, Md., for poaching oysters from an Oyster Sanctuary. NRP observed Haddaway dredging for oysters approximately five miles northwest of Crisfield, within the Tangier Sound Oyster Sanctuary on January 17 at 11:58 am.  NRP seized 12 bushels of oysters from Haddaway’s boat and returned them to the sanctuary. NRP charged Haddaway with taking oysters from a sanctuary and a trial date has been set for March 31, 2011 in the District Court of Maryland for Somerset County.

  January 19, 2011

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The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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