Five charged as part of cocaine ring chiropractor and wife among them

November 06, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A Sykesville chiropractor and his wife were among five people charged Wednesday as part of a drug ring that police said had pumped $200,000 of cocaine a month into Howard and Baltimore counties.

Arrested were Steven Craig Boesche, 39, of the 13800 block of Forsythe Road in Sykesville, and his wife, Michelle Marie Boesche, 27. Dr. Boesche has a practice in West Friendship.

Also arrested were the couple's housemate Taoufik Benhamd Salah, 25; Mary Louise Tablada, 35, of the 6900 block of Lawyers Hill Road in Elkridge; and Samuel Somarriba, 22, of the first block of Holland Hill Court in Baltimore County, police said.

During raids by Howard County police and the FBI on Wednesday at all three homes, authorities recovered more than a pound of cocaine, valued at $45,000 on the street, about $16,000 in cash, three handguns, a small amount of drug paraphernalia and six automobiles valued at $113,000, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, county police spokesman. Baltimore County police also helped in the investigation.

More arrests could come, police said.

Mr. Salah is being held in lieu of $350,000 bond and Mr. Somarriba on $250,000 bond at the county detention center. Ms. Tablada posted a $75,550 bond. The status of the Boesches wasn't immediately known.

The arrests ended a nine-month investigation that began when police received a tip about the group, Sergeant Gardner said.

Police believe that Mr. Salah and Mr. Somarriba were the main players in the group, which sold cocaine and heroin from various places, including parking lots and fast-food restaurants in Ellicott City, Columbia, Catonsville and Arbutus, Sergeant Gardner said.

"They sold the drugs any time, anywhere," Sergeant Gardner said.

During the investigation police recovered $77,000 worth of drugs, Sergeant Gardner said.

Police believe the drugs were brought from New Jersey.

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