Two Baltimore City residents arrested Thursday as suspects in one ofthe area's largest PCP distribution rings are being held on federal charges pending a hearing before a federal magistrate Tuesday, federal narcotics agents said.
The suspects were targeted in a six-monthinvestigation coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which seized two luxury automobiles and approximately $145,000 in cash in Thursday's raid.
Agents said the ring primarily operated out of South Baltimore and is believed to have received approximately one gallon of PCP a weekfrom California. Street value of PCP is estimated at $21,000 per gallon.
Arrested were Lisa Dishman, 22, of the 3800 block of Annapolis Road, and Steve Robinson, 21, of the 1800 block of Sexton Street. Both were arrested at the Tip Top Motor Court in the 6200 block of Washington Boulevard, where undercover agents arranged to make a drug buy.
Approximately three-quarters of a gallon of PCP was seized at the motel, as was a Porsche 944 suspected of being used for transporting drugs, said Larry Hornstein, a special agent with the DEA.
Several search warrants were executed Friday at Baltimore residences and two banks used by the suspects, Hornstein said. A Pontiac Trans Am was seized, and nearly $100,000 was taken from a safety deposit box, hesaid.
Dishman was carrying $6,500 in cash when she was arrested, Hornstein said. She was also driving the Porsche. Agents did not disclose whether the vehicles were registered to Robinson or Dishman.
"She has no gainful employment, so where did all this money come from?" Hornstein said.
Dishman and Robinson face federal charges of possession of PCP with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute PCP. They appeared Friday before a U.S. magistrate in Baltimore fora preliminary hearing.
Hornstein said other arrests are pending. The ring is suspected of selling PCP in Baltimore and in several suburban counties, including Howard, he said.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5200 block of Brook Way: Oct. 7, a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro automobile was stolen overnight from an apartment complex parking lot.
6300 block of Sandchain Road: Oct. 8, a television, videocassette recorder, jewelry, and money were stolen during the afternoon from a home entered through an unlocked rear sliding door.
8700 block of Cloudleap Court: Oct. 8, someone attempted to steal a 1989 Jeep Wrangler overnight from the Long Reach Village Center.
6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: Oct. 7, someone attempted to steal a 1986 Volvo automobile overnight from the parking lot of a business area.
4900 block of Columbia Road: Oct. 7, a 1985 Pontiac automobile was stolen overnight from an apartment complex parking lot.
5800 block of Stevens Forest Road: Oct. 8, a television and a stereo were reported stolen at 6:30 a.m. from an apartment thatwas forcibly entered.
5600 block of Stevens Forest Road: Oct. 8, a woman reported a man was peeking into her bedroom window at 2 a.m.
8600 block of Little Field Court: Oct. 5, a television and several Nintendo game cartridges were reported stolen at 4 a.m. from a home entered through an adjoining garage.
8400 block of Baltimore National Pike: Oct. 7, a 1985 Buick Skyhawk was stolen over the weekend from a car dealership.
9300 block of Cabot Court: Oct. 3, a woman reported seeing a man standing in a doorway exposing himself.