A cocaine ring that operated between Baltimore and Harford counties, allegedly using the Valley View Inn of Parkville as its headquarters, has been broken up with the arrests of 13 people, authorities said yesterday.
The suspects included a Baltimore County firefighter, police said.
In Anne Arundel County, meanwhile, police targeted drug trafficking among students in making LSD and cocaine arrests at George Fox Middle School and Old Mill High.
In Baltimore County, police said indictments named Roland Mazzone, 33, of Perry Hall, as the principal supplier of cocaine to an organization allegedly headed by 49-year-old Carl Briscoe. Mr. Briscoe was arrested at his Phoenix home in the 14900 block of Old York Road with Barbara Berg, 45, also of that address.
Mr. Mazzone was arrested yesterday with his wife, Elizabeth Mazzone, 33, and is accused of distributing cocaine from the Valley View Inn in the 8700 block of Satyr Hill Road while employed at the popular restaurant as a manager. Mr. Mazzone told police he was unemployed.
Still being sought on arrest warrants are William Thompson of the 9200 block of Kingstree Road in Parkville; Paul Hundt of the 3600 block of Longridge Court in Abingdon and David Vita of Jackson Heights, N.Y.
In all, 17 people have been indicted in the case, the result of more than two years of undercover work.
One suspect was already in custody on other charges, and three of the indicted were still at large last night.
E. Jay Miller, a county police spokesman, said the investigation was started by narcotics agents in Harford County and began to peak in August with raids in Baltimore and Harford counties and in Baltimore.
Information gathered in those raids was given to a grand jury that returned indictments against the 17 suspects.
The August raids also netted cocaine and led to the seizure of two homes, nine vehicles and an assortment of handguns, shotguns, and about $50,000 in cash.
Also arrested was jeweler Keith Nusinov, 35, of the 9000 block of Marcella Avenue in Randallstown. Although the suspect is a relative of the family that operates the Charles Nusinov & Sons jewelry store in the 8700 block of Satyr Hill Road, police said there was no evidence to link the jewelry store to the cocaine ring.
The indicted county firefighter was identified as Richard Hall, 42, of Parkville, who was taken into custody with his wife, 34-year-old Emilia Leung-Hall.
In Anne Arundel County yesterday, 12 students at Old Mill High were charged with possession or distribution of LSD, and five George Fox Middle School students were charged with cocaine violations.
Two eighth-graders were cited as juveniles with possession of cocaine, and three eighth-graders were charged as juveniles with distribution of cocaine, police said.
"I don't think that any of these kids are drug addicts," said John M. Brown, principal of George Fox Middle School in Pasadena.
"I think they made some bad decisions."