5 Arrests Made In Undercover Sting

Police beat

March 22, 1992

An undercover police purchase of $25,000 worth of cocaine in Aberdeen led to the arrest Monday of five persons suspected of operating a major narcotics ring in Harford.

Authorities said they arranged forthe purchase of a half-kilogram of cocaine by an undercover agent atthe parking lot of the Sheraton Inn in Aberdeen. Four men and one woman were arrested and charged with drug distribution.

Being held in lieu of $200,000 bond each at the Harford County Detention Center were Armando L. Mercado, 29, and Richard Perez, 27, both of Wilmington, Del.; and Angel J. Garcia, 24, Alberto Betancourt, 44, and Mary T. Capell, 26, all of Philadelphia.

The arrests resulted from a five-month investigation by the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.


A $1,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and indictment of a gunman who held up Mike's Video, in the 500 block of Pulaski Highway in Joppa, on Feb. 21.

The robber escaped with cash after displaying a handgun. He isdescribed as a 25-year-old black male, 6 feet tall, with a heavy build. He was last seen wearing a dark mid-length jacket, pink shirt, gray jeans and brown dress shoes.

Anyone with information about this crime may call the Crime Solvers hot line at 877-7867. Individuals do not have to give their names or appear in court.


Two men were arrested and charged with armed robbery after a holdup at the corner of Magnolia and Trimble roads early Monday, police reported.

Clifford P. Harbeson, 25, of the 1300 block of Dorsey Avenue in Baltimore, and Gary L. McGuire, 35, of Middle River, were arrested by Harford deputies near the scene after an officer stopped a car operating without headlights.

A pedestrian told authorities he was robbed at gunpoint of $4 by two suspects near the intersection.

Harbeson was released on $30,000 bail. McGuire was being held in lieu of bond at the county Detention Center pending trial.

A compilation of crimes reported to county and state police:


300 block Mt.Royal Ave.: Stereo equipment and a radar detector valued at $1,750 were stolen from a car March 9.

Plaza Court: Burglars took a TV, VCR, stereo system, telephone and answering machine valued at more than$700 March 10.

Baker Street: A radio, speakers and a radar detector were taken from a parked car March 12.

Bel Air

Country Village: A cassette deck valued at $350 was stolen from a parked car March15.

John Carroll School: Student lockers were rifled March 10, with reported losses of $1,164 in purses, money, rings and other items.

Honey Locust Court: Construction heaters, cabinets and a dishwasher, valued at $2,496, were taken from a housing construction project March 9.

100 block West Riding Drive: A television and VCR valued at $680 were taken from a car March 10.

1600 block Churchville Road: Thieves took a camera and cash from Mount Zion Methodist Church March 15. Loss: $1,257.

Unit block of Huntington Place: Damage estimated at $2,400 to two vehicles and a house was discovered March 14.


4200 block Chapel Gate Place: Lumber worth $600 was stolen from a

housing construction site March 10.


3600 block Aldino Road: Vandals destroyed 1 acre of commercial sod valued at $7,000 at the Aldino Sod Farm March 16.


Harford Commons: Vandals destroyed 50 trees worth $19,500 at the apartment complex March 10.


2800 block Hess Road: Thieves took a wood splitter worth $12,000 March 16.

Forest Hill

1800 block Beth Bridge Circle: A parked 1985 Toyota was stolen March 14, and later recovered with $4,000 in damage.

Havre de Grace

400 block Craigs Corner Road: Thieves took telephone wire valued at $1,928 from a C & P Telephone Co. site March 9.

Canvasback Cove Road: A backhoe valued at $40,000 was stolen March 16 from the Asplund Corp.


600 block of Joppa Farm Road: Vandals broke windows at Joppatowne High School March 14, causing $3,800 in damage.

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