4 ARRESTED ON COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CHARGES
Acting on a phone tip, undercover narcotics officers arrested four men on cocaine distribution charges Monday after setting up a sting operation in a Jessup parking lot, county police said.
Police say they received information that the four men were coming to Howard County intending to sell crack cocaine.
An undercover officer contacted one of the men about making a drug purchase and a meeting was arranged at an undisclosed parking lot, police said.
After meeting the men shortly after 7 p.m., a transaction began and undercover officers arrested the four men, police said. Approximately 14 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1,400, were seized from the car in which the men arrived, police said.
Police also seized a Toyota Camry automobile, $300 in cash and a pellet gun from the car.
Arrested were Kirk Gordon, 20, of Fort Washington; Kenneth Thorne, 21, of Oxen Hill; Shelton Penn, 19, of Fort Washington; and Kelvon Dwayne Harris, 20, of Washington, police said. Each was charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine.
Information on the suspects' bail status was not available Tuesday.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and Howard County police:
8800 block Stonebrook Lane, Kings Contrivance: Oct. 30, a television and a videocassette recorder were reported stolen at 5 p.m. from a home broken into through a pried window.
4900 block Columbia Road, Dorsey Hall: Oct. 28, several articles of clothing were stolen sometime before 4 a.m. from a vehicle parked in a residential lot.
12000 block Old Frederick Road: Oct. 27, two televisions, two videocassette recorders and jewelry was reported stolen at 6 p.m. from a home that was burglarized.