The Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia Elks Regional Association recently honored Ocean City Police Narcotics Detective Kyle Murray with the “Enrique S. Camarena Award.” Enrique S. Camarena was a DEA agent who lost his life during his crusade to lead Americans to drug-free communities. Each year, the Elks present the Enrique S. Camarena Award to a member of law enforcement who best exemplifies the qualities and principles for which Agent Camarena gave his life.
DFC Murray began his Ocean City Police career as a seasonal police officer for one summer before being hired full time in 2008. He spent two years in the OCPD Patrol Division and was transferred in 2010 into the Criminal Investigation Division’s Narcotics Unit.
DFC Murray was instrumental in the success of a federal multi-jurisdictional drug smuggling/distribution case having Mexican drug cartel ties. DFC Murray was able to make numerous undercover hand to hand drug buys of cocaine from a target in the investigation, which resulted in the target of the investigation being indicted on ten felony drug distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substance charges on the state level. The suspect was later indicted on numerous federal drug smuggling charges as well.
As a result of target’s arrest, Delaware State Police Narcotics Unit were able to execute a search and seizure warrant at a residence in Delaware which resulted in three felony arrests, seizure of U.S. currency, a vehicle and over $5,000 in cocaine.
Additionally, DFC Murray has made over 150 undercover drug buys since being a narcotics investigator and has been the primary detective in 32 Felony CDS arrests during the year of 2012. DFC Murray is a team player and has been called in over 20 times during the year of 2012 to assist the Patrol Division with drug related investigations. DFC Murray has also worked numerous multi-jurisdictional narcotics investigations with the DEA, FBI, ATF, MD State Police, DE State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
DFC Murray is the second Ocean City Police Officer to receive the Enrique S. Camarena Award. In addition to receiving the Regional Ocean City recognition, DFC Murray will be representing the 38 Elks Lodges in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia at the Elks National Grand Lodge, where he will be honored along with representatives from other regions of the country.
“Im proud to represent my region,” said DFC Murray. “Drug enforcement is most effective when we all work together. I grew up in this area and know all too well the effects of drugs on our community. I am honored to be recognized by the Elk’s as they are the very citizens we are partnered alongside in the war on drugs. I continue to be enthusiastic about my job and will continuing to work as hard as Enrique Camarena did to keep drugs off of the streets of Ocean City.”