Raid upends drug ring

January 16, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County police seized 269 marijuana plants and $20,000 from a north Linthicum home and arrested six people who they said were part of a decade-old drug ring.

Northern District narcotics detectives served a search warrant at the home in the 400 block of Hampton Road, across from Overlook Elementary School, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Inside the run-down two story house, police found an elaborate marijuana farming and harvesting operation, said Sgt. Michael Feeney.

"It was the most sophisticated growing operation I have seen in ** my seven years in narcotics," he said.

"They had their own filtered water system."

Police spokeswoman Terry Robey said the operation was set up in the basement of the house, where police found the plants, hoses, planter boxes, grow lights and fans.

Sergeant Feeney said his officers staked out the house for about a month after receiving complaints from neighbors about drug trafficking.

Police charged the owners of the home, John F. Williams Jr., 40, and Meloney Jean Williams, 48, with unlawful manufacturing of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Arthur Allen Solder, 26, who also lived at the home, was charged with unlawful manufacturing of marijuana, possession with intent distribute marijuana and possession of PCP.

Gail A. Nauman, 28, of the 6800 block of B&A Blvd. in Linthicum; Vincent William Solder, 27, of the 2500 block of Yorkway Road in Dundalk, and Richard Brian Chapman, 22, of the first block of Coronet Drive in Linthicum were charged with possession of marijuana.

The Williams couple and Mr. Solder also were charged with distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of school property.

Sergeant Feeney said his officers seized $20,000 in the master ++ bedroom and another $694 in other parts of the house. He said the plants -- some of which were up to five feet tall -- were valued at $30,000.

Police also found several packages of marijuana that looked as though they were ready for distribution and pictures of the growing operation that date to 1982.

Officer Robey said it appeared the operation was in the process of being expanded to the attic.

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