Cocaine, heroin seized in raid in Randallstown

May 21, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

In their largest drug seizure in recent memory, Carroll County narcotics officers confiscated more than 2 pounds of crack cocaine and $50,000 worth of heroin from the home of a Randallstown man they had been investigating since December, authorities said yesterday.

James Edward "Beany" Costley, 37, of the 4000 block of Hupa Place was arrested Thursday night at a South Carroll park-and-ride lot by county drug officers and agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The arrest occurred after a man gave an undercover Carroll narcotics officer nearly an ounce of crack in exchange for three small-caliber pistols and more than $900, according to charging documents filed yesterday in Carroll District Court.

Barton F. Walker III, an assistant state's attorney who coordinates the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force, called it "a very significant arrest, and a very significant seizure."

State Police Tfc. Robert R. Heuisler, the Carroll drug task force member who posed as a customer, bought crack from the man five times this month, court records show.

Other officers executed a search warrant on the man's home Thursday. They reported finding 2 1/2 pounds of crack cocaine, a half-ounce of "nearly pure" heroin, a small quantity of marijuana, a loaded .357-caliber Magnum and nearly $1,000.

Also seized were a Mercedes and a Toyota in which Trooper Heuisler made crack purchases.

The Carroll drug task force asked the ATF to assist in its investigation in the past several months, said Roy Cheeks, spokesman for the ATF's Baltimore office. The ATF provided the pistols that Trooper Heuisler used in the final purchase.

Mr. Costley was charged with four counts of cocaine distribution, four counts of maintaining a common nuisance and one count of using a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.

Mr. Costley remained in the Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond last night. He is expected to have a bail review hearing Monday.

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