6 charged after drug seizures from Baltimore Co. operation

May 07, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County police completed four days of drug seizures and arrests yesterday, seizing cocaine, other drugs, guns, cars and cash from an Eastside operation estimated to be importing 16 pounds to 18 pounds of cocaine a month.

Six people were arrested and charged with distribution of cocaine.

"It should make an impact on the availability over there," said Lt. Rob Dewberry, commander of the narcotics unit. "What we did here was attack the upper echelon and take the drugs off the streets . . . the executive board of the organization, so to speak."

An investigation has been under way since November, he said. The arrests began Tuesday afternoon. About 25 more people are expected to be indicted by the grand jury in the continuing investigation, Lieutenant Dewberry said.

Police served 18 search-and-seizure warrants this week on homes and storage lockers in central and eastern Baltimore County.

About 9 pounds of cocaine was seized in the first arrests Tuesday and smaller amounts were seized later, the lieutenant said. He said an conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine was $360,000.

The police said they also confiscated: $60,000; six weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle; 12 vehicles, including a Jaguar, a SAAB, a Ford pickup, a Bronco and a motorcycle; a large quantity of steroids; 40 tabs of LSD; and a small amount of marijuana.

Among those charged by police were Sean Rehak, 24, of the 800 block of Briar Hill Place, Essex, who operates a snowball stand at Eastpoint Mall, and Edith "Eddie" Garcia, 24, of the first block of Nutmeg Knoll Court in Cockeysville. Mr. Garcia is being held in Salisbury on a detainer by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The others charged are: Vincent Piscione, 25, of the first block of Whitelaw Place, Parkville; Andrea Halterman, 22, a Towson State University student of the 8400 block of Avery Road, Rosedale; Robert Pantoulis, 26, of the 7000 block of Lachlan Circle, Towson; and Charles "Steve" Rehak III, 31, of the 6600 block of Kenwood Ave., Overlea, Sean Rehak's brother.

Lieutenant Dewberry called the operation unusual, because the cocaine apparently was brought in from New York and "just seemed to stay in the county . . . from Towson on east."

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