Court records: Man arrested in drug bust has faced similar charges in past


A Hagerstown man is in a familiar position after Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents said they confiscated guns, bullet proof vests and drugs valued at tens of thousands of dollars from his home.

Forty-six pounds of marijuana, 1200 grams of suspected cocaine and two illegal guns were found in the home that agents said was a home base for an ‘extensive’ drug operation.

“For the cocaine and the marijuana, it’s tens of thousands upon tens of thousands. It’s a lot of money,” said Sgt. Stewart Heckman, Washington County Narcotics Task Force. 

John Titus, 32, and Jamilatu Tarawally, 26, were arrested early Sunday morning for several felony drug charges. 

The cops were first called to the home on 812 W. Washington Street after Tarawally said Titus pointed a gun at her head. 

“Patrol actually received a call involving a domestic, possibly a handgun was involved and that’s what they responded, and the events led from there,” Heckman said. 

Agents also said they confiscated codeine, unidentified pills and THC oil. 

For Titus, this is familiar territory. He was arrested in 2011 for having over 100 pounds of marijuana and close to $300,000 in cash. 

“Just the variety of drugs that were in that house, the suspected drugs that were in that house — yeah — it just leads me — it’s been going on for some time,” Heckman said. 

Titus was found guilty on three felony counts, including drug distribution. Court records show that he was let out of prison not even a year ago, in April 2017.

“I mean, every arrest and every incident like this where the police are involved and can confiscate that kind of CDS, it’s a positive,” Heckman said. 

Although heroin still appears to be the most persistent problem, agents said these arrests are a step in the right direction.

Both Titus and Tarawally are being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Titus is facing additional assault charges for the alleged handgun incident.

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