UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THEDISTRICT OF MARYLANDIN THE MATTER OF THE SEARCH OF )CERTAIN SPECIFIED PREMISES)Misc. No. 09-_____)SEALED AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF SEARCH WARRANTS
WILLIAM NICKOLES, a Detective with the Baltimore Police Department and aTask Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), being duly sworn, deposesand states:1.I am a Detective with the Baltimore Police Department and have been soemployed since 1992. I have been deputized as a Task Force Officer with the DEA forapproximately nine (9) years. I am currently assigned to the DEA’s Special Investigations Group(DEA SIG), which investigates large-scale narcotics trafficking organizations in the Baltimore area.During my time as a law enforcement officer, I have participated in numerous investigations of unlawful drug distribution and investigations of violent gangs, including the use of confidentialinformants and cooperating witnesses, undercover transactions, physical and electronic surveillance,telephone toll analysis, investigative interviews, the execution of search warrants, and the recoveryof substantial quantities of narcotics, narcotics proceeds, and narcotics paraphernalia. I havereviewed taped conversations, as well as documents and other records relating to narcoticstrafficking and gang activity. I have interviewed drug dealers, users and confidential informants andhave discussed with them the lifestyles, appearance and habits of drug dealers and users. Throughmy training, education and experience, I have become familiar with the manner in which illegaldrugs are transported, stored, and distributed; the methods of payment for such drugs; the possessionand use of firearms in connection with the trafficking of such drugs; and the manner in whichnarcotics traffickers store and conceal the proceeds of their illegal activities.