A city Circuit Court judge has denied bail for three suspected members of a cocaine-distribution ring and set bail at $3 million cash for a fourth suspect.
The four suspects appeared before Judge Roger W. Brown yesterday after city prosecutors announced the breakup a major drug organization that supplied northwest Baltimore and Lochearn, in Baltimore County.
Investigators said more than 17 kilograms of cocaine worth about $4 million were recovered during the 22-month investigation, which was headed by the Baltimore FBI office. Assistant State's Attorney Howard Gersh said it was the largest drug case in memory in city court.
Brown denied bail for Linden Martin, 32, of the first block of Waldmann Mill Court, Perry Hall; Conrad Ho Shang, 34, of the 3400 block of Dolfield Ave.; and Patrick Ishmael, 26, of the 4200 block of Horizon Circle, Milford Mill.
Bail was set at $3 million cash for Shelly White, of the 5400 block of Jonquil Ave., Pimlico. The four are to be arraigned Jan. 21.
Two other suspected ring members from Baltimore also have been arrested. Clifton Grant, 33, of the 4900 block of Westhills Road, was arrested yesterday in Baltimore County. And on Sunday, FBI agents arrested Jacques Thompson, 34, in El Paso, Texas.
Thompson, of the 2300 block of Orem Ave., was charged with purchasing 12 kilograms of high-grade cocaine, worth $2.6 million. The cocaine had been smuggled from Mexico, prosecutors said.
In all, 12 suspects are expected to be charged with cocaine possession, distribution and conspiracy, says city State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms.