State and local police have broken up what they describe as a major LSD ring on the state's Eastern Shore.
Five people were arrested in Wicomico County this week in the ongoing investigation, which also netted more than 118,000 individual units of LSD, as well as marijuana, prescription drugs and hallucinogenic mushrooms, State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson said today.
The State Police Bureau of Drug Enforcement and Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force made the arrests after conducting three searches -- one at a Salisbury landfill, the others at residences in Salisbury and Delmar.
* Benjamin Rayne Madarang, 21, of Salisbury. He has been charged with 17 drug-related counts, Jackson said, including the state's so-called "drug kingpin" law, which carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years.
The other charges against Madarang include possession, conspiracy to distribute and possession of LSD within 1,000 feet of a school. Madarang is being held without bail in the Wicomico County Detention Center.
* Stacey Lynn Green, 19, of Delmar, identified by police as Madarang's girlfriend. Green faces eight drug-related charges. She is being held in the detention center under $250,000 bail.
* Alec Robert Garvey, 25, of Salisbury, is being held in the detention center, with bail set at $150,000.
* Cole Anderson, 22, of Salisbury, posted $5,000 in bail and was released. His charges include possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
* A 17-year-old Salisbury girl who was turned over to juvenile authorities. She is being held at an undisclosed location.
Also seized during the arrests and searches were five automobiles, $11,000 in cash, scales and packaging materials, Jackson said.
The task force, which comprises state, federal and local authorities, has been working together for more than six months and has been "very active" since January, Jackson said. Their investigation is continuing.