Lured into the open with the promise of a holiday plane trip to Florida, a 33-year-old Odenton man has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine and hiring an undercover narcotics agent to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband.
Anne Arundel County police also named 12 other suspects on multiple drug charges in the case.
The arrests came during a major drug bust by uniformed and narcotic squad police shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday and culminated a three-month investigation, said Officer Richard V. Molloy, spokesman for the county police. He said the investigation is continuing.
The Odenton man, Steven Ray Fields, of the 400 block of Patuxent Road, was charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine, solicitation to commit murder and numerous burglary and theft charges, Molloy said.
Fields was held overnight at the Western District station pending a bail hearing today, Molloy said. Fields also faces federal charges of sales of explosives and a sawed-off shotgun, Molloy said.
Molloy said two undercover officers befriended Fields during the investigation and arranged for him to accompany them on a supposed flight to Florida on a private jet to celebrate Christmas and New Year's.
They were to leave from Butler Aviation at Baltimore-Washington International Airport yesterday, Molloy said.
"When the undercover officers picked him up yesterday," Molloy said, "he was all packed and anxious to fly to Florida."
Molloy said the two stopped at a liquor store in Odenton and told Fields they were buying champagne to celebrate the trip.
The two officers went in, leaving Fields in the car.
Moments later, several officers approached the car and arrested Fields as he sat in the back seat.
"We knew he would resist if we tried to arrest him inside his trailer home and perhaps shoot it out," Molloy said, "so we decided to arrest him out in the open so no one would get hurt."
Police say Fields supplied crack cocaine in Odenton and Severn and bought the drugs from Michael Lewis Tyler, 22, of the 7900 block of Telegraph Road in Severn.
Tyler was arrested around 3:30 p.m. outside a tavern across the road from his home. Molloy said Tyler had received a message that a drug contact would call him on a pay phone outside the tavern.
While Tyler was standing next to the phone waiting for it to ring, police approached him from two sides and arrested him, Molloy said.
Tyler was charged with distribution of cocaine and solicitation to commit murder.
He is being held at the Western District station awaiting a bail hearing today.
Arrested at his home without incident was Fields' brother, Richard Lee Fields, 29, also of the 400 block of Patuxent Road. He was charged with multiple drug violations.
Also charged with drug violations were Jeffrey Lee Weiner, 30, of the 700 block of 203rd St. in Pasadena, and Dennis Lee Kerns, 31, of the 1400 block of Annapolis Road in Odenton.
Others charged were Coy Ellis Barker Jr., 35; Oscar Mora, 39; Lora Ruth Mora, 32; Angel Perez Ruibal, 48; Candida Dorotea Baro Torres, 45; David Scott Farmer, 30; Diane Lynn Schmier, 30; and a 17-year-old juvenile.
Police said they recovered 75 small packets of crack ready for street sales and a small amount of powdered cocaine.
A total of 50 police officers participated in the raids, Molloy said.
Molloy said police haven't determined how much money was made by the operation, which also distributed powdered cocaine.
"We consider it a major crack operation in the western part of the county because of the amount they were supplying," Molloy said.
Citizens' complaints and police observations triggered an investigation into Fields' activities in September, Molloy said.
"His house was a large crack house," Molloy said. "It became common knowledge and a lot of stolen items from [breaking-and-enterings] were taken to his house" for cocaine.
During the investigation, detectives purchased cocaine and stolen items from Steven Fields, including stolen antique rifles that had a combined value of $15,000, Molloy said.
Other stolen items included an explosive device and jewelry, Molloy said.
Besides selling cocaine, Steven Fields planned a murder, Molloy said.
Steven Fields "hired one undercover detective to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband, and gave him a down payment of crack to do that," Molloy said. Tyler also gave a detective a $250 down payment to kill someone, Molloy said.