$1 million in 'pot' seized, 3 arrested in Anne Arundel raids 800 pounds of drug, $70,000 taken

more arrests likely

October 29, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

Police swept through Anne Arundel County early today seizing a county-record amount of marijuana and arresting three people they believe to be leaders in a drug distribution ring with ties in Mexico.

More arrests and seizures are expected as the day continues, investigators said.

An early tally showed police seizing 800 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1 million and nearly $70,000 in cash.

They could decide later today on additional confiscations, which they said may include a $500,000 Pasadena home.

"It is the largest marijuana seizure we've experienced in thicounty," said Sgt. Joseph Bisesi, a narcotics officers who led several of the raids.

At least 50 police officers, including federal agents, started at a.m. by raiding storage bins in Glen Burnie and Pasadena.

Armed with federal warrants, they confiscated 200 pounds of marijuana and $47,000 at Ritchie Mini Storage.

Police said the drugs were owned by a Glen Burnie man whom they described as the leader of the organization.

Investigators got their first glimpse of the drug operation in 1991 when a man was arrested during a raid in Davidsonville. Police then confiscated one marijuana cigarette and $97,000 -- most of which the county seized as drug proceeds.

Further investigation revealed hidden accounts that indicated a much larger investigation. Starting in January, detectives followed several leaders as they moved drugs into the storage bins.

Authorities said they were planning to investigate longer, but they got information yesterday that a large shipment of marijuana had just come in and was about to be redistributed for street sale.

In all, police raided seven storage areas in Glen Burnie, Pasadena and Harford County. House raids were conducted in Anne Arundel and Prince Georges counties as well as in Annapolis and Baltimore.

Most of the drugs seized were located in the storage bins. Police confiscated documents and other records at homes to link the owners to the drug ring. Police said records seized at the $500,000 Pasadena home will have to be reviewed by an auditor because they are so complex.

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