8 guilty in heroin-smuggling ringEight Nigerian men have...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

July 22, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — 8 guilty in heroin-smuggling ring

Eight Nigerian men have been found guilty of federal conspiracy charges in connection with a drug ring responsible for smuggling millions of dollars worth of heroin into the country.

Monday's convictions after a three-month trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore bring to more than 40 the number of Nigerian citizens and U.S. collaborators guilty of operating nine loosely related drug operations here and in New York. The eight men face as much as life imprisonment without parole. They are to be sentenced Oct. 2 and 9.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents described them as well-educated professionals, some with families in the United States.

A 33-year-old pizza delivery man received a superficial gunshot wound to the back of his head yesterday when a robber opened fire on him, police said.

Unser Ikbaal, of the 5900 block of Western Run Drive, had just delivered a pizza to a home in the 2200 block of Linden Ave. about 1:15 p.m. when the gunman demanded money, police said.

Mr. Ikbaal refused, and the gunman fired two shots at him. One bullet grazed his scalp, police said.

Mr. Ikbaal fell to the ground and the robber took an undisclosed amount of money from him.

He was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Maryland State:

Sabotage has been ruled out as a cause of the June 28 explosion at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, a research facility in the White Oak section of Silver Spring, in Montgomery County.

The Navy's judge advocate general, an independent legal investigator, expects to determine the cause within several weeks.

A team of Navy scientists, FBI forensic experts and Naval Intelligence investigators also is looking into the cause of the explosion.

The blast shattered windows in nearby homes and was heard by people as far as 10 miles away. No one was injured. The Navy received about 170 property damage complaints, mostly broken windows.

The center since has released a list of 75 chemicals stored there. Montgomery County officials say none poses a health hazard.

Anne Arundel County:

A 33-year-old Glen Burnie man apparently drowned yesterday when he entered a private swimming pool on Lynvue Road in Linthicum Heights after reportedly smoking PCP and drinking beer.

Anne Arundel County police said they found David Alan Holley of the 1000 block of Thomas Ave. unconscious at the pool bottom about 3 p.m. after being called there by the pool owners.

After police officers and an ambulance crew administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Mr. Holley was taken to Harbor Medical Center, where he died at 4:30 p.m.

Police said friends told them he had been smoking PCP and drinking beer. Whether he jumped or fell into the pool was unclear.

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Anne Arundel County tax protesters, who tried to cap government spending in the 1990 election, have submitted 13,000 signatures on petitions aimed at putting a tax-limitation question on the ballot next fall.

Signatures collected by the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association were submitted yesterday to the county Board of Election rTC Supervisors, said Nancy Crawford, board administrator.

The proposed cap would limit any increase in property tax revenues after July 1, 1992, to a rate that either matches the Consumer Price Index of next January, or 4.5 percent -- whichever is less.

A similar tax-cap measure was defeated in 1990.

Another measure submitted by the group would ask voters whether a two-term limit should be imposed on County Council members. That would affect council members Maureen Lamb, Virginia P. Clagett and David G. Boschert.

A similar proposal, made by Council Chairman Boschert, would limit members to three terms.

Time served before the proposal became law would not count against the three-term limit.

Baltimore County:

There's one less liquor license in Dundalk, but still more than the law allows, now that the Liquor Board has rescinded a restaurant license issued to Athanasios Reglas, owner of the Pegasus Bar in the first block of Willow Spring Road.

The board this week found that the bar has been closed, except for sporadic periods, since early 1991. Board rules say that any license unused for more than 180 days may be declared void.

After the board's action this week, there were still 24 liquor licenses in the 12th Election District, which includes that portion of Dundalk just east of the city line.

Because the number is two more than the licenses allowed under the board's population-to-license ratio, the action will leave no licenses available in that district.

Carroll County:

Lehigh Portland Cement Co. will apply to the state this week for a permit to burn 2 million tires a year in its four kilns.

The Union Bridge company hopes to begin burning tires next summer and replace 18 to 20 percent of its fuel with tires, says David H. Roush, plant manager.

The tires burn cleaner than coal, Lehigh's primary fuel, because they have less sulfur.

The kilns' high temperature and long burning time make them ideal for tire disposal.

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