An Annapolis man who has been charged under state drug kingpin laws with operating what police call one of the largest marijuana networks in Anne Arundel County, was ordered held on $500,000 bond yesterday.
Antonio Donald Boston, 33, of the 1800 block of Shiverly Court surrendered to federal agents Thursday at the Anne Arundel County police Southern District station. He had been missing since March 21 when county police and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided his home and confiscated $100,000 in a plastic container buried in his backyard. Police also confiscated 6 pounds of marijuana and 15 grams of hashish.
Mr. Boston faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors argued for no bail, citing Mr. Boston's unstable employment history and connections in Italy and Brazil.
"He's a very significant marijuana dealer," Assistant State's Attorney Warren Davis said in Anne Arundel County District Court. "And he may not return to his home because the government has seized it."
Mr. Boston, who prosecutors said is fluent in Italian and Portuguese, lived alone in a $185,000 home in the Rolling Hills community of Annapolis. The three-acre property has an above-ground pool.
Mr. Davis said Mr. Boston claimed he was self-employed as a property manager and made $1,500 a month from another property he owned in Maryland. His monthly payment on the Annapolis home he owned with his father was $1,500.
Income tax records show that Mr. Boston filed no tax returns in 1984 or 1985, Mr. Davis said. In 1987, Mr. Boston claimed he made $7,500 and in 1991 he claimed a $21,000 income. No W-2 forms were attached to the tax returns.
"He travels extensively throughout the world," Mr. Davis said. "His mother is a native Italian and he goes there every year."
According to his passport, Mr. Boston had traveled to Brazil as recently as Feb. 12. Investigators alleged that Mr. Boston headed a closely knit organization that dealt only in marijuana, selling about 2,000 pounds of the drug a year.
Frank Franco, a DEA spokesman, alleged that Mr. Boston had been operating in the Annapolis area since 1989 and has been dealing marijuana for six years.
Police say their break in the case came March 19 when New Mexico State Police in Socorro stopped Mr. Boston's brother-in-law, Randy Glaze, and found 145 pounds of marijuana.
According to court records, Mr. Glaze, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, told New Mexico investigators he was delivering the drugs to Mr. Boston's Annapolis home.
Mr. Glaze was released by New Mexico authorities after posting a $5,000 bond, police said.
Investigators compared the operation with that of James Todd Hibler, a former Crofton resident who was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in September 1990.
When county police raided Hibler's home in November 1989, they confiscated 50 pounds of marijuana, 7 pounds of cocaine and two machine guns.
John Bell, a Rockville attorney, said Mr. Boston cannot pay the $500,000 bond and that his client will ask for another bail hearing.