County police have broken up a drug ring they say distributed most of the crack cocaine in the Annapolis area.
Five people, including two Jamaican nationals with connections in New York and Miami, were arrested after police raided an Annapolis home early yesterday morning. Detectives seized 276 grams of crack cocaine from the home in the 300 block of Forest Beach Road.
"With these arrests, we pretty much shut it down," said narcotics Sgt.
Dennis O'Toole. "(The raid) will take care of Annapolis, but not really the Severn area."
Police spokesman Sgt. Joseph Bisesi said detectives entered the home about 12:30 a.m., finding 150 small bags of crack all through the house and one ounce of marijuana separated into 45 smaller bags.
In addition to the crack, which has a street value of $27,000, detectives also seized $700, two loaded .32-caliber automatic handguns and a .357 Magnum rifle.
Bisesi said investigators believe the drugs were brought here from New York. One of those arrested, Basil Anthony Howell, 31, has no permanent address, but police believe he is from the New York City area.
"We found train tickets to and from New York," O'Toole said.
O'Toole said police believe Howell was the organizer of the ring and also has connections in Miami. Howell also is believed to be one of four major drug distributors in the Severn area, O'Toole said.
Howell, along with Charles Orville Tapper, 21, of no fixed address, and Lionel Anderson, 34, who has no permanent address, have been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Also being held on those charges are the residents of the home, Lena Graves Young, 30, and Kenneth Frederick Anderson, 29.
All five suspects were being held yesterday in the County Detention Center.
The arrests mark the end of a two-month investigation into the Forest Beach Road home that began when the department received information that it was being used as a crack house.
"We received several complaints from neighbors and that helped a lot," he said.
According to narcotics investigators, crack continues to be the drug of choice in the county, accounting for 61 percent of complaints received by police during the first six months of the year. During the first six months of the year, police seized 133 grams of crack cocaine, as compared with just three grams during the same period in 1989.
Police urge anyone with complaints or information about drug trafficking to call 268-DRUG.