State police and federal immigration officials seized 14 pounds of marijuana and $41,000 in cash Thursday from a man described as an illegal immigrant from Canada.
Police say they also confiscated a fictitious military identification card from the man, as well as an Armyuniform they suspect was used during a drug-smuggling operation.
The raid, conducted shortly before 7:30 p.m. at an apartment nearthe Long Reach Village Center, netted police and federal officials nearly $35,000 worth of marijuana, said state police 1st Sgt. Edwin Lashley.
Arrested at the scene was Robert Winton Willis, 27, who hadbeen renting the apartment in the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court, police said. Willis is wanted by immigration authorities for violation of immigration laws, Lashley said.
Immigration officials say that Willis, a Canadian citizen, had been deported from the United States on Jan. 10 and was ordered not to return.
While searching the apartment after Willis' arrest on immigration charges, police found the marijuana, Lashley said. The cash found is believed to have been obtained through the illegal sale of drugs, he said.
Investigators believe that the marijuana was smuggled into the country in an Army duffelbag while Willis wore an official military uniform, in order to makehim appear less suspicious to authorities, Lashley said.
Police would not indicate where the marijuana was smuggled into the country, although Lashley said information has been received from law enforcement officials in two western states.
Willis was being held Friday at the Howard County Detention Center on $250,000 bond. He is chargedwith possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, and creating a common nuisance.
Lashley said investigators have not determined whether the drugs were intended for sale inHoward County.
BELTSVILLE MAN ARRESTED TWICE
A Beltsville man was arrested two days in a row last week on charges of intent to distribute crack cocaine, county police said.
Troy B. Myers, 24, was originally arrested 2:15 p.m. Monday after a brief car chase that ended on Bragdon Wood Road in Clarksville, where an officer recovered a bagcontaining 100 individual of crack, police said.
The bag had apparently been thrown out the window of the Myers vehicle during the carchase, police said. Value of the cocaine found is estimated at $3,000.
Police said Myers was released on bond the following day, but was arrested at noon the following day after a resident of Bragdon Wood Road reported suspicious activity taking place in the neighborhood.Officers arrived to find Myers in a car with two females; $2,500 worth of crack was found in the car, police said.
Myers was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The two passengers in the car, Pamela Dorsey, 26, and Gladys Hungerford, 36, both of the 5600 block of Cedar Lane, were also charged with intent to distribute, police said.
Myers was released earlier this week on $25,000bond. Dorsey and Hungerford were released on an unspecified bond.
ROBBERS AT TAVERN SOUGHT BY POLICE
Police are looking for three menwho robbed a man and a woman early Thursday morning in the parking lot of an Elkridge bar.
About 1:30 a.m. the couple was leaving Nolan's Pub in the 6100 block of Route 1, when they were approached by three males from different locations in the parking lot, police said.
One of the suspects, who was armed with a small caliber handgun, demanded money from the couple, a 20-year-old woman from Pasadena and a32-year-old man from Baltimore.
The male victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry.
One suspect grabbed the woman's purse, looked through it and threw it back at her.
9600 block Covered Wagon: Feb. 2, a 1986 Pontiac Fiero was reported stolen at 10 a.m. from a residential parking lot.