Officers broke marijuana ring after two months

September 13, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

Two county narcotics officers spent months trying to worm their way into the good graces of suspected drug dealers in Arnold so they could buy drugs to get evidence to make arrests.

Two weeks ago, they began buying drugs, the officers said at a news conference Friday morning. Wednesday night, they arrested four men. By Thursday afternoon, the suspects were on the street.

David Sade, 25, who allegedly ran the ring out of his house in 100 block of Shore Road for more than a year, was released on $1,500 bond.

Michael B. McIntyre, II, 24, who police said was Mr. Sade's supplier, was released on his own recognizance. So were Richard John Cohen, 23, of the 1200 block of Birchrest Court in Arnold, and Mark Anthony Hopkins, 28, who identified himself as Mr. Sade's brother and lived in the house with him.

Eastern District narcotics officers Dennis Dayhoff and Randy Jones said they began to infiltrate the operation in July after residents in the surrounding community complained of traffic and late night partying in the house in the 100 block of Shore Road.

"Kids from Severn River Junior High School would come in during the day and stay a while at the house and then leave," Detective Jones said.

They described Mr. Sade, who was charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, as a mid-level manager who operated without a telephone.

Potential customers had to drive directly to the house and wait for him to emerge and ask what they needed, police said.

Mr. Sade used a pager to contact Mr. McIntyre, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, police said.

Detective Jones said Mr. Sade rode his bicycle to his mother's house around the corner and used her phone to page Mr. McIntyre. He would put codes in the pager to indicate how much marijuana he needed, the detective said.

The detectives made friends with Mr. Sade's friends in July and began hanging out at the same bars and pool halls he frequented.

"If you weren't involved with their group, he wouldn't even talk to you," Detective Dayhoff said. "So we had to befriend his friends. When you drove up to his house to buy, he would like to see someone he knew in the car or you had to drop names."

Detective Jones said that on Aug. 24, he made his first marijuana buy from Mr. Sade.

"He came out to the car, and I asked him what he had," Detective Jones said, adding he paid Mr. Sade $25 for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana.

On Sept. 1, Detective Jones said he bought a quarter of an ounce for $50 and Mr. Sade invited him into the house.

He gave Mr. Sade his pager number and said he wanted to buy a quarter of a pound. On Wednesday, Mr. Sade allegedly paged him and set a meeting up for that night with Mr. McIntyre, who was to supply the larger quantity of marijuana.

By then, the detectives had gotten a search warrant and were ready to close in on Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Sade.

A 9 p.m., the detectives arrived at Mr. Sade's house and Mr. McIntyre allegedly arrived with the marijuana. When Detective Jones went out of the house to get the money to pay for the drugs, he signaled the Special Operations Team, which went into the house and arrested the two men.

According to Detective Jones, police seized about a pound of marijuana, 38 grams of hashish and some mushrooms. They also arrested Mr. Cohen and Mr. Hopkins, who were at the house at the time.

Mr. Cohen was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and Mr. Hopkins was charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

"We got a lot of help from other units in the department that provided us with intelligence that helped us infiltrate these people," Detective Dayhoff said. "They were starting to network out and grow. People were starting coming to the house from Brooklyn Park."

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