Virginia fugitive being held on gun charges in Md.

June 26, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 26-year-old Virginia fugitive was arrested on handgun charges after state police stopped him for speeding near Havre de Grace, they reported.

A routine computer check of the man's driver's license and tags showed that he was wanted on drug charges by Petersburg, Va., police, said a spokesman at the John F. Kennedy barracks.

The spokesman said the man was driving north on Interstate 95 about 2 p.m. Monday when he was stopped by Tfc. John Appleby. After the man said he had a gun in his 1991 Infiniti, Trooper Appleby seized a .40-caliber Glock 23 pistol and $25,300 from the trunk of the car.

Fred Demarco Bates, of Virginia Beach, was being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center pending extradition to Virginia, said Sgt. Steve A. Batts of the Petersburg Police Department yesterday.

Mr. Bates was arrested in 1992, according to Virginia records, and police seized a vehicle from him, after he was indicted in Petersburg on charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

He posted bond, paid his lawyer and left town, Sergeant Batts said.

"He was an upper-level dealer, and got caught selling crack and powder cocaine to an undercover officer during Operation Brainstorm, a drug task force operation to catch mid- to upper-level drug dealers," the sergeant said.

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