WESTMINSTER -- Six people, including two juveniles, were arrested Sunday in connection with the making and selling of crack cocaine in Carroll County, according to the State's Attorney's Office.
The six were arrested about 3:30 a.m. after members of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force searched an apartment in the first block of West Pennsylvania Avenue.
During the search, police found more than 2 ounces of cocaine in the form of about 39 "rocks," or crystals, according to Barton F. Walker III, senior assistant state's attorney.
Also found was paraphernalia used to cook the cocaine into crack and a handgun, which police charge was used in a drive-by shooting in Westminster the weekend before.
Arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute or manufacture, or both, crack cocaine; possession of cocaine; keeping and maintaining common nuisance; and the use of firearm in drugtrafficking, were:
* David Robert Dragani, 36, of the first blockof Pennsylvania Avenue, Westminster, is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 full bail.
* Courtney Allen Collins, 18, of the 3700 block of Brice Run Road, Randallstown, BaltimoreCounty, is held on $50,000 full bail.
* Robbin Antonio Bruce, 19,of the 4800 block of Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, held on $65,000 full bail.
* Gordon L. Cartnail Jr., 19, of the 6500 block of Carrolltowne Village, Sykesville, held on $80,000 full bail.
Both Bruce and Cartnail have since been charged in connection with a Dec. 21 drive-by shooting here (please see the next brief).
One juvenile was released to her guardian.
Another juvenile, initially charged as an adult, has since been charged as a juvenile and remains in custodyat the Charles Hickey School in Baltimore County in lieu of bail.
Walker said the arrests stemmed from an extensive and ongoing investigation into a drug ring involving the illegal distribution and manufacture of crack cocaine in Carroll and surrounding counties.
He said most of the crack cocaine in Carroll has been coming from outside its borders -- mainly Baltimore and Frederick counties and Baltimore.
"We knew crack cocaine was getting in," Walker said. "It was a question of whether someone had set up their own kitchen lab and were selling it here.
"It's eventually going to happen. We've been investigating and following leads."
Also seized during the arrest were a 1987 Nissan Maxima and $475.37 in cash.
Assisting the task forcein the arrests were Westminster city police and that department's K-9 unit.
DRIVE-BY SUSPECTS HELD
City police arrested two suspects in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred a few days before Christmas.
Robbin Antonio Bruce, 19, of the4800 block of Reisterstown Road in Baltimore was charged with attempted first-degree murder, wearing and carrying a handgun, wearing and carrying a handgun in a vehicle, two counts of malicious destruction of property, two counts of reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder and discharging a firearm within the city limits.
Gordon Lander Cartnail Jr., 19, of the 6500 block of Carrolltowne Village in Eldersburg was charged with attempted first-degree murder, transporting a handgun in a vehicle, and conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree murder.
Both also were charged in connection with alleged drug ring in the county, according to the Carroll State's Attorney's Office (please see previous brief).
City police charge the shooting was drug-related and are continuing an investigation.
Bruce and Cartnail are being held in the Carroll County Detention Center without bail.
Detective Cpl. Wayne Mann said the drive-by shooting occurred early Dec. 21 at 28 Liberty St.
He said Bruce is charged with firing three shots at an apartment there while Cartnail was driving by.
One of the bullets went through a window and into an adjacent apartment; the other two struck a brick wall, said Mann.
The detective said a resident in the second apartment wasnot injured.
He said police still are trying to determine whetherthe other apartment was occupied.
At the scene, police said they found three empty .38-caliber casings in a parking lot.
During a drug bust in Westminster on Sunday, police recovered a gun they chargewas used in the shooting.
Mann said police have not determined a motive in the shooting.
THEFT ARREST MADE
City police have arrested Matthew W. Harris, 18, of West Main Street, in connection with thefts from several cars.
Police said Harris wascharged with 10 counts of theft and nine counts of tampering with motor vehicles.
He also was charged with one count of malicious destruction of property in an unrelated incident.
Harris is being heldin the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 full bail.
Police spokesman Rick May said purses, radios and tools were stolen from several vehicles parked throughout the city during the past few months.