County police narcotics detectives hit pay dirt early Saturday morning when they confiscated 89 grams of cocaine along with nine grams ofmarijuana in a Hanover hotel room.
They charged the man who rented the room, Joseph Dubnam III of the 7800 block Clark Station Road, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.
After going to Dubnam's house twice Friday night, investigators
received a tip at about 11:30 p.m. that Dubnam was making noise androaming the halls of a hotel near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Police would not name the hotel.
Investigators already had a warrant charging Dubnam with other narcotics violations and arrested him as he arrived at the hotel at about 5:30 a.m.
Dubnam's arrest climaxed a three-week drug investigation that focused on buyers and dealers in Meade Village and Pioneer City.
Narcotics officers spent Friday night serving warrants on people they said they made drug buys from a few weeks earlier.
Detectives made about eight arrests, most of them played out in front of the media.
In addition to Dubnam, those charged with distributing cocaine included: Lawrence Bey, 26, of the 1700 block of Circle Road in Severn; Sherman Artis, 29, of the 8400 block of Arwell Court in Severn; Juanita Barnes, 28, of the 1900 block of Arwell Court; Jamie Walker, 32, of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive in Severn; Tina Davis, 26, of the 1500 block of Abraham Road in Hanover and Shelton Bethel, 30, of the 1800 block of Richfield Drive.
SOURED DRUG DEAL LEADS TO SHOOTING
Police continued their search yesterday for three men in a Ford Bronco truck who sprayed a crowdwith gunfire -- wounding two men -- in an apparent drug-related shooting in Glen Burnie Friday night.
Daniel Gray, 23, of the 100 block of Faywood Court was in stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center in Baltimore. A second man, Marcus Wells, of the 100 block of Faywood Court, was shot in the foot and was in stable condition at North Arundel Hospital yesterday.
Police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said witnesses told investigators that the men in the truck had been in the Valleybrook apartment complex on Faywood Court earlier in the evening and had boughtsome drugs from a man there.
"Apparently the rumor was that whoever was selling those drugs there was selling bad drugs," he said.
The men in the truck seemed to be dissatisfied customers and returnedto the neighborhood at about 11 p.m. and backed into a parking spot where a crowd of people were standing, police said.
One of the menin the back of the truck stuck a shotgun out of the window and said "Here buy some of this," and then fired several shots into the crowd,Molloy said.
Molloy said investigators do not know if Gray or Wells sold the men the drugs.
The Valleybrook apartment complex has been described by police as an open-air drug market.