A bail review hearing was set today for an Annapolis man, who police said was receiving marijuana shipments of up to 40 pounds every two days, had $100,000 buried in his back yard and hoped to make a million dollars in drug sales this year.
Antonio Donald Boston, 33, of the 1800 block of Shiverly Court in the Rolling Hills community, turned himself in yesterday to federal agents in Anne Arundel County.
Mr. Boston was charged under the drug-kingpin legislation with possession, manufacturing and distribution of marijuana. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Mr. Boston, a 1977 graduate of Aberdeen High School, appeared at the county police Southern District station with his attorney, John Bell. He was met there by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in a prearranged rendezvous.
"He was paying $800 to $1,000 a pound for the marijuana and selling it for up to $2,000 a pound," said Frank Franco, a DEA spokesman.
Mr. Franco said that Mr. Boston was the head of his organization and that he sold the marijuana to "lieutenants" who in turn sold it to street-level dealers.
Mr. Boston was ordered held without bond in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, pending today's hearing.
Dennis Howell, lead investigator on the case, said Mr. Boston was selling about 2,000 pounds of marijuana a year.
According to charging documents, Mr. Boston was receiving shipments every two to three days of 20 to 40 pounds of marijuana via Federal Express.
Investigators said that they were unsure how long he had been receiving the marijuana and that they were subpoenaing records from Federal Express.
Police raided Mr. Boston's home March 21 and said they found $100,000 in cash stashed in a plastic bucket and buried 12 inches underground in his back yard.
Although a television set, stereo and lights were on in the home at that time, Mr. Boston was not there when DEA agents confiscated 31 pounds of marijuana, 15 grams of hashish, another $51,800 in cash, silver bars, a $25,000 Rolex watch and drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
Mr. Franco said the investigation had been going on for several years. Authorities' big break came March 19 when New Mexico State Police in Socorro stopped Mr. Boston's brother-in-law,Randy Glaze, for a traffic violation and found 145 pounds of marijuana in his 1988 Caprice, Mr. Franco said.
Mr. Glaze, an Indiana resident, told police that he was being paid $6,000 for the trip and that he had made three other trips. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and was released on $500,000 bail, according to Mr. Bell, who is not Mr. Glaze's attorney but who said he was familiar with his case.
According to charging documents, on March 15 Mr. Boston gave Mr. Glaze $230,000 and told him to drive to Tucson, Ariz., where he would meet him.
Once there, Mr. Glaze picked Mr. Boston up at the airport and gave him the car and the money.
When the two men met again a short time later, Mr. Boston gave him back the car with the 145 pounds of marijuana in it.
Mr. Glaze was to deliver the marijuana to Mr. Boston's home, court records said.
Mr. Boston then flew back to Baltimore on USAir, using the name Martin Davis . Mr. Glaze told investigators that on March 14 several people he did not know delivered $50,000 or $60,000 each to Mr. Boston, charging documents said.
Mr. Glaze told New Mexico authorities that he had helped Mr. Boston bury the money in his back yard and that Mr. Boston liked to invest his cash in precious metals and jewelry, court records said.