Man's arrest leads to drug raid at stepfather's home

March 12, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Information obtained after the arrest of a 20-year-old Havre de Grace man accused of trying to run down two Baltimore police officers Thursday led narcotics officers to raid two Harford County homes and arrest the man's stepfather on marijuana charges, authorities said Friday.

The stepfather, Daniel Patrick Duffy, 35, of the 800 block of S. Fountain Green Road in Bel Air, was freed on $5,000 bond after being charged with possession of and intent to distribute marijuana, a spokesman for the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force said.

Task force officers said they found 6 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $7,200 at Mr. Duffy's home. A 1993 Yamaha motorcycle and $2,500 also were seized.

During a simultaneous raid at the home of the stepson, Robert Potter, of the first block of Walnut St. in Havre de Grace, drug officers said they found 1 ounce of the hallucinogenic psilocybin mushroom, 1 ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a task force spokesman.

Mr. Duffy had been under investigation by the task force for two years, the sergeant said. An undisclosed amount of money was seized from his bank accounts Friday, the sergeant said. Mr. Potter was being held on $35,000 bond at the Baltimore City Detention Center, a District Court spokesman said Friday. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

A Baltimore police spokesman said earlier that Mr. Potter was driving in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St. -- the area known as The Block -- when he veered toward the two officers in his Eagle Talon.

The vehicle missed the officers, and they were not injured. One officer fired shots at the speeding automobile, which went out of control in the 600 block of E. Baltimore St. and struck a parked car, police said.

A passenger in the car, Kenyatta Warren, 19, of Philadelphia, complained of injury and was treated at Mercy Medical Center and returned to police custody on a drug possession charge. City detectives said they found $27,000 in the vehicle's trunk and other unspecified items that led to the raids in Harford County.

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