On May 15, 2008, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office SERT (Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team) Team deputies executed a search warrant at the Ruther Glen, Howard Johnson’s Hotel. The investigation continued which led the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators to a second hotel. As a result, multiple arrests were made.
According to Sheriff A. A. “Tony” Lippa, Jr., “This investigation started when we received information from concerned citizens about illegal drugs being sold from a room located at the Howard Johnson’s. Investigators and Deputies simultaneously executed a search warrant at the Howard Johnson’s, later conducted a traffic stop of a second suspect and made contact with a third suspect in the Ruther Glen Super 8 Motel.”
As a result of the search of the Howard Johnson’s Hotel room, Investigators found a baggie containing what appeared to be powdered cocaine lying on top of a container of baby formula which was meant for a ten month old child that was also living in the room. The occupants of the room were identified as Corey Tillman, 39, and Iisha Crichlow, 24, both of Ruther Glen. Tillman was charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Crichlow was charged with felony child neglect.
The third suspect, identified as Tyrone Baylor, 38, of Dawn was charged with possession of cocaine after the Caroline Deputies conducted a traffic stop of his vehicle.
The fourth suspect in the investigation was identified as Adam Butler, 23, of Dawn. During a search of Butler’s vehicle and hotel room at the Super 8 Motel, Investigators recovered a semi-automatic handgun and suspected cocaine. Butler was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possessing a firearm while possessing cocaine and child neglect.
Sheriff Lippa further stated “This investigation was a success because of the citizens of Caroline County who provide information and assistance to the Caroline Sheriff’s Office. I want to thank those who call us with information and encourage all citizens to continue to help their Sheriff’s Office in our fight against crime.”