Police in Anne Arundel County arrested four people Friday night in connection with a drug distribution ring they say was being operated out of a Glen Burnie car dealership.
Two of those arrested at the dealership -- Wilkins Buick in the 6900 block of Ritchie Highway -- were salesmen.
But V. Richard Molloy, a police spokesman, said there was no evidence that the owners of the dealership knew about the drug sales.
Mr. Molloy said police got information in October that a salesman was selling cocaine from the dealership, and undercover narcotics officers began to make drug buys from him. As the investigation continued, police said, another salesman was implicated.
Bernard Carasiniti Sr., 47, of the first block of Carriage Lamp Court in Parkville, was charged with six counts of distributing cocaine and one count of conspiracy, police said, and Nathan Asher, 33, of the 8600 block of Woodspring Court in Randallstown, was charged with one count of conspiracy.
Police also charged two Baltimore County residents with supplying the cocaine.
Zachary Robinson, 25, of the first block of Fieldstead Court in Owings Mills, was arrested Friday night following a short car chase down Security Boulevard in Baltimore County in which Mr. Robinson's 1991 Jaguar was wrecked.
Mr. Molloy said bags containing 6 ounces of cocaine were dropped during the chase and an additional half-ounce of cocaine was found in the car. Mr. Robinson was charged by Anne Arundel police with four counts of distributing cocaine and four counts of possession of cocaine. He was charged by Baltimore County police with importation of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and numerous motor vehicle violations.
Mr. Molloy said a search of Mr. Robinson's home turned up 4 ounces of cocaine and $13,000 in cash.
Arrested at the home was Tonya Shipley, 24, also of the first block of Fieldstead Court, who was charged by Baltimore County police with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Peter Hermann is a reporter for the Anne Arundel County Sun, a suburban edition of The Sun.