Charles County Sheriff's Office

Incident Briefs

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit and search by county, city, zip code or street address.

NARCOTICS DETECTIVES CHARGE SUSPECTS WITH OPERATING METHAMPHETAMINE LAB: On June 17, members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Section, assisted by Emergency Services Teams from both the Charles County and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Offices, along with COPS officers and Animal Control officers, executed a search and seizure warrant at a house in the La Plata area after an extensive investigation regarding drug activity. An active methamphetamine lab was located in a trailer near the back of the house. Quantities of cocaine with a street value of $10,000, marijuana, methamphetamine, narcotic prescription medication, ammunition, two long guns and numerous items to indicate distribution of controlled substances were recovered. Two people were arrested on scene: Brady Alan Hart, 36, of Virginia, was charged as a fugitive from justice, and Charles Innis Garber, 37, of Virginia, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. The Bel Alton VFD and HAZMAT responded and assisted with dismantling the lab. The investigation is ongoing, and additional information will be released pending further developments.

Garber, Charles Innis

Garber, Charles Innis

Hart, Brady Alan

Hart, Brady Alan

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Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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