A man authorities describe as chief of a drug ring selling roughly $27 million in cocaine a year in Baltimore and surrounding counties has been arrested by a State Police drug enforcement task force after two years of investigation.
Rashaud Williams, 32, was arrested Saturday night at a rowhouse in the 3100 block of Reisterstown Road across from Druid Hill Park.
He was charged with one count of distributing cocaine, said Tfc. J. Scott McCauley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police Bureau of Drug Enforcement.
"He was the top player in Maryland," said Trooper McCauley of Mr. Williams' role in a drug ring that stretched from New York to Miami.
The ring, he said, sold 20 kilograms of cocaine in the Baltimore area a month -- street sales worth $2.26 million.
"We have warrants for four of his associates," said Trooper McCauley. "We're still seeking those people."
Mr. Williams is being held at the Cecil County Detention Center in Elkton, where he was taken yesterday on a warrant charging him with failing to appear for court proceedings stemming from a December 1991 handgun violation charge.
He was to get a bail review hearing today.
Searches of Mr. Williams' two other residences -- an apartment in Catonsville and a house in Columbia -- turned up $10,000 in cash and two handguns, police said.
The Catonsville apartment was the drug ring's stash house, where drugs were stored, investigators said.