Police arrest 4 men after drug investigation Officers' raids net rifle, contraband

March 30, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Police have arrested four men, including a 32-year-old Columbia man, following an investigation into an alleged drug distribution network in Columbia and Laurel.

In a series of raids early Saturday morning, officers netted a small amount of crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.

Authorities believe the men brought the cocaine from New England.

Virgil Stamps, 32, of the 10700 block of Cordage Walk in Hickory Ridge, was arrested at his home about 5 a.m. Saturday and charged with distribution of crack, possession of crack, conspiracy to distribute crack and interstate transportation of crack, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a Howard County police spokesman. He's being held in lieu of $100,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

Mr. Stamps sold $10,000 of crack cocaine recently to an undercover Howard County police officer, Mr. Gardner said.

Also arrested were: Robert Key, 30, of the 7200 block of Old Sandy Spring Road in Prince George's County, and Johnny Stewart, 30, of the 3400 block of Andrew Court in Anne Arundel County -- both of whom were charged with conspiracy to distribute and interstate transportation of crack; and Darryl Taylor, 32, of the 200 block of Red Clay Road in Anne Arundel County, who was charged with conspiracy to import and conspiracy to distribute crack.

The men are being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of bonds between $100,000 and $500,000.

The arrests followed a five-month investigation by Montgomery and Howard county police and local offices of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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