N.Y. man is charged as drug kingpin

March 04, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

A New York man was charged early yesterday with being a drug kingpin after he allegedly sold a quarter of a kilogram of suspected crack cocaine to an undercover Anne Arundel County police officer in the parking lot of Marley Station mall.

Anne Arundel police said Delroy Anthony Smith, 24, whose address in New York could not be established, paged the officer Wednesday afternoon and drove to Glen Burnie that evening.

He and a friend were arrested about 7:15 p.m.

In addition to being charged as a drug kingpin, Mr. Smith was charged with drug possession, drug distribution and conspiracy to import drugs into Maryland. He was being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center last night without bail.

Sgt. Michael Wilson said the arrests were part of a five-week investigation into a suspected cocaine distribution network linking New York to Glen Burnie. He said more arrests are expected.

Police said undercover officers bought small amounts of suspected drugs several times during their investigation.

Sergeant Wilson said the undercover officer met with Mr. Smith and Hugh Fitzgerald Hollingsworth, 32, of the 600 block of Lennox Road in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was to pay $10,000 for the 260 grams of suspected crack cocaine, which has a street value of about $26,000.

The pair was arrested by members of the Special Operations Squad just as the suspected drugs were shown, police said.

Mr. Hollingsworth was charged with drug possession, conspiracy to distribute drugs and transporting drugs into Maryland. He was being held last night on $500,000 bail.

Through their investigation, Sergeant Wilson said, officers learned that the two New Yorkers were using a third-floor apartment in the 300 block of Oak Manor Drive, in Glen Burnie.

Armed with a search warrant, police raided the apartment Wednesday night and said they confiscated $600 worth of suspected crack cocaine from a bedroom closet.

A Baltimore man who apparently was visiting the apartment also was arrested. Clyde Derrick Parks, 32, of the 3700 block of Hayward Ave., was charged with possession of marijuana. He was released Wednesday night on his own recognizance.

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