Judge refuses request for lowered bail

May 24, 1994

A District Court judge refused to lower the $250,000 bail set last week for James Edward "Beany" Costley, the Randallstown man arrested in what Carroll narcotics officers are calling their largest drug seizure in recent memory.

At a brief hearing in Carroll District Court yesterday afternoon, visiting Howard District Judge James N. Vaughn said Mr. Costley's bail was appropriate because of the presence of weapons in his house.

Mr. Costley, 37, of the 4000 block of Hupa Place, was the target of a four-month investigation by the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force. He was arrested Thursday night at a South Carroll park-and-ride lot.

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.

In a raid on the man's home, narcotics officers 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.

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