Lexington Park raid: Teen charged with gun possession

Lexington Park raid: Teen charged with gun possession

Detectives with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division executed a search and seizure warrant on July 9 at a residence in the 21000 block of Dayflower Place in Lexington Park, Maryland. The operation was part of an ongoing investigation.

During the search, investigators discovered a 9mm handgun in a bedroom belonging to Zemar David-Tyshon Batts, 19. Batts was arrested and charged with possession of a regulated firearm by a person under 21, a violation of Maryland firearms regulations.

Additionally, investigators found a second firearm during the search, which had been reported stolen in Hagerstown, Maryland in 2017. However, no charges have been filed regarding that firearm as the investigation continues.

Following the search and arrest, Batts was transported to the Leonardtown Detention and Rehabilitation Center for processing. After appearing before the District Court Commissioner, he was released on his own recognizance.

This case highlights the ongoing problems of illegal gun ownership among youth and the challenges law enforcement faces in curbing gun violence. The recovery of a stolen firearm also highlights the complexity of firearm trafficking and the importance of diligent investigations to recover these items.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the possession and origin of the firearms found. The findings in this case may contribute to broader efforts to combat illegal firearm possession and improve community safety.


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