Following a five-month undercover surveillance into the distribution of crack cocaine and related drug offenses in the Edgewood area, Harford, Cecil and Kent county authorities raided four dwellings at the Edgewater Village Apartments in the 800 block of Fishermans Lane last night and arrested 12 people, including one juvenile.
Seized were 23 grams of cocaine, having a street value of nearly $1,000, and a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
The raids were conducted simultaneously at 8:10 p.m. yesterday by nearly 60 uniformed and plainclothes officers from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the drug task forces of Harford, Cecil and Kent counties and the State Police, said Deputy First Class DeWayne Curry, Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Also assisting were officers of the U.S. Postal Service, who searched mail boxes used by the suspects for hidden cocaine.
Three police dogs from the Harford County sheriff's K-9 unit, "Buddy," "Max," and "Trouble," also participated in the raids and were used to sniff out evidence of drugs hidden in the apartments.
Deputy Curry said evidence leading to the arrests was gained after undercover officers from the Harford County covert operations division penetrated the group's drug distribution operation last October that reportedly worked out of apartments at 820 Fishermans Lane.
Information and evidence gained during the lengthy surveillance indicated the Edgewood drug ring allegedly did business in Cecil and Kent counties.
Armed with search and seizure warrants for each of the four apartments and 14 indictments and two juvenile warrants, forced entry was gained by the Harford County Sheriff's special response team.
The suspects were arrested without incident or injury.
Arrested were the following: Robert Lee Dyer, 34, Joseph Daniel Raines, 27, Terry Lveinda Hockaday, 41, Robbie Marshall, 32, and Charles Luis Quiones, 22, all of the 800 block of Fishermans Lane.
Mr. Dyer, police said, was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond. Also, McKinley Maurice Boone, 19, of the 1800 block of Edgewater Drive, Edgewood, who was held in lieu of $50,000 bond; Michael Albert Goode, 19, of the 800 block of Ferguson Road in Joppa; Bernard Wilson Redd, 44, of the 1900 block of Edgewater Drive, Edgewood; Tyrell Marell Smith, 20, of the 1600 block of Meadow Wood Court, Edgewood, and James Phillip Spann, 19, of no fixed address.
David Earl Tasker, 25, of the 600 block of Dembytown Road, Joppa, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for an unspecified crime and was held in lieu of $1,500 bond.
A 17-yer-old boy from the 800 block of Fishermans Lane also was arrested and charged with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.
Deputy Curry said that in addition to those arrested in last night's raid, seven other people, all adults and residents of Edgewood who were recently indicted by the Harford County grand jury for drug offenses, were expected to be arrested over the next few days.
He identified them as the following: Anthony Lyle Brown, 32; Tony Curtis Cherry, 32, Terry Keith Epps, 32; Dana Antwan Newton, 21; Cauhima Ramon Walton, 24; William Jadean Weatherford, 25, and Timothy Seanlief Woodberry, 18.