Huge stash of marijuana seized in Annapolis raid Dynamite, weapons are found in house

August 13, 1991|By Kris Antonelli and Robert Lee

Richard Colin Daugherty's home in a quiet, upper-middle-class neighborhood of Annapolis has a hot tub and a satellite dish. Police say they also found 45 pounds of marijuana, several guns and seven sticks of dynamite there in a raid Friday night.

Mr. Daugherty, 40, of the 500 block of Forest Hills Drive, was ordered held yesterday on a reduced bond of $30,000 after a bail review hearing in Annapolis. He was being held in the county Detention Center pending trial on drug distribution charges.

Anne Arundel County police called the raid on the Hillsmere home he shares with a 10-year-old son their biggest drug bust in nearly two years.

"This goes to show that the drug problem is not limited to one age or one class of people. It's something that breaks across class boundaries," said Officer Tom Kinnane, a county police spokesman.

Police said that Mr. Daugherty owned the Invisible Fencing Company of the Chesapeake Bay and ran it out of his home.

Judge James W. Dryden, citing Mr. Daugherty's ties to the Hillsmere community, lowered his bail from $250,000 on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of hashish and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Daugherty's attorney, Leonard Casalino, said his client had one prior drug conviction involving pos session of marijuana in 1978 in Prince George's County. He was given probation. He also was convicted of disorderly conduct in 1974, Mr. Casalino said.

Narcotics detectives raided Mr. Daugherty's home about 8:30 p.m. Friday and were searching the split-level home when Mr. Daugherty arrived in a customized van.

"He thought the officers were robbing the house and he came at them with a knife," Officer Kinnane said.

Undercover officers, who had already discovered hashish in a bedroom and 3 ounces of marijuana growing in the basement, said that they arrested Mr. Daugherty and then discovered the 45 pounds of marijuana with a street value estimated at $144,000 in the van.

The marijuana was compressed into bricks and sealed in plastic, suggesting that it was recently harvested and transported into the area, an undercover detective involved in the case said.

A 45-gram bag of marijuana, a 25-gram bag of marijuana and a 2.5-gram bag of hashish were found in bedrooms, charging documents said.

Police said that they found smoking devices, two half-sticks and five quarter-sticks of dynamite, a rifle, a semiautomatic shotgun and a .44-caliber revolver.

Police are calling the seizure the largest in the county since November 1989, when officers confiscated 50 pounds of marijuana, 7 pounds of cocaine and 5 pounds of hashish from the Crofton home of James Todd Hibler, the son of an Air Force colonel. They are investigating possible connections between Hibler's distribution network and the Daugherty case.

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