Drug Ring Investiggation Netts Two More Men Indicted In Cocaine Conspiracy

October 05, 1990|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

Two more men have been indicted as members of a drug ring linked to a celebrated drug bust in November 1988 at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

James Forrester, of Annapolis, and Rodney Albert Hairston, of California, were part of a Los Angeles-to-Annapolis drug ring headed locally by Troy Donyel Stansbury, according to an indictment handed down Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Baltimore.

Prosecutors have said the ring sold nearly 90 pounds of cocaine in less than three years. Authorities seized more than 5 kilograms of cocaine from teen-age couriers during the bust at BWI, one of the largest in county history.

Sixteen co-defendants who pleaded guilty to crimes linked to the ring's activities were sentenced to a total of 130 years in prison during hearings last summer in federal District Court in Baltimore. Stansbury, 19, was sentenced to 18 years in prison with no chance for parole as part of a plea agreement requiring him to cooperate with ongoing investigations.

Tracy Tilghman Brown, 27, whom prosecutors called the Los Angeles-based kingpin of the ring, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last July.

Forrester and Hairston were indicted Wednesday for conspiring with the members of the ring to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute between January 1988 and November 1989, said Harvey E.

Eisenberg, an assistant U.S. attorney who heads the federal regional drug task force. Eisenberg said the offense carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison with no chance of parole and a maximum of life with no parole.

Forrester, also known as "Pooh Wallace," was also indicted on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Eisenberg said.

Forrester, of the 600 block Green Briar Lane, was arrested Wednesday night by Annapolis police and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Eisenberg said.

Forrester, 21, was being held without bond at Baltimore City Jail pending a hearing today to determine whether he will be considered for release on bond.

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