13 in alleged drug ring arrested Cocaine ring is said to have operated from a restaurant in Baltimore Co.

November 22, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

State troopers and authorities from Harford and Baltimore counties last night and early today arrested 13 members of a suspected cocaine distribution ring.

The authorities acted after the Baltimore County grand jury this week indicted 17 people, culminating an investigation that began in April 1989.

Four other suspects face arrest, including a man being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center on unrelated charges and another man believed to be living in New York.

The whereabouts of the two remaining suspects are unknown.

E. Jay Miller, a spokesman for the Baltimore County police department, said those arrested included Carl Briscoe, 49, of the 14090 block of Old York Road in Phoenix, the accused ring leader.

Arrested with Briscoe was Barbara Berg, also of the 14900 block of Old York Road in Phoenix, Miller said. Each was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Also arrested was Roland Mazzone, 43, of the 4100 block of Glen Park Blvd. in Perry Hall, an employee of the Valley View Restaurant inthe 8700 block of Satyr Hill Road.

Mazzone was charged with distribution of cocaine and was held overnight at the White Marsh station in lieu of $250,000, police said. His wife, Elizabeth Mazzone, 43, was arrested on the same charge and was released on $50,000 bail, police said.

Police said the bulk of the cocaine was distributed from the restaurant, which is owned by the Nusinov Corp., a firm that also owns a commercial building directly behind the restaurant.

Also arrested was Keith Nusinov, 35, of the 9000 block of Marcella Ave. in Randallstown. Police did not know if he has any connection to the commercial firm.

Police also arrested Robert Hall, 42, a Baltimore County Fire Department officer assigned to the fire prevention bureau.

Police said Hall and his wife, Emilia, 34, both of the 8700 block of Kingsridge Road, were each charged with eight drug violations and were released on their own recognizance.

Spokesman Miller said an investigation of cocaine being distributed from the restaurant began after a drug arrest in Harford County two years ago and grew to include Baltimore County and sections of Baltimore.

During earlier arrests, which resulted in charges being placed against those arrested last night and early today, police seized two houses, nine cars, several weapons and $50,000.

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