3 adults, boy charged with selling drugs State trooper made undercover buys, court records say

Police investigated tip

2 adults accused of hiring teen-ager to sell marijuana

February 22, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

Three Finksburg adults and a 14-year-old boy were arrested yesterday, accused of selling drugs to an undercover trooper in their Blackfoot Court neighborhood in the fall.

Police charged Terri Lynn Alban Christifaro, 35, and Gary Michael Malamed, 47, with distribution of marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possessing drug paraphernalia and theft over $300.

Both were also charged with hiring the boy to distribute drugs and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The third adult arrested, Patricia Gail Strewig, also known as Patricia Gail Cray, 30, of the 1400 block of Blackfoot Court, was charged with distributing cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine. She was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 full bail.

Police said yesterday that they were also questioning Mr. Malamed and Ms. Christifaro in connection with a Feb. 4 arson in the Finksburg neighborhood.

Bail information on the two, who live together in the 1400 block of Blackfoot Court, was unavailable last night.

The boy, who was not named because of his age, was charged with distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. No information was available last night on the disposition of the boy.

In December, all four were charged with drug possession offenses after state police Drug Enforcement Division officers raided three homes on the cul-de-sac late one night.

Residents of the small neighborhood of townhouses had called police several times over recent years to complain of drugs being sold in the courtyard between the houses and of shootings, officials said.

Yesterday's arrests came as police continued the investigation that led to the drug arrests in December, said Detective Sgt. Gary W. Cofflin of the state Drug Enforcement Division.

"We were able to infiltrate their operation with an undercover trooper and actually purchase the drugs hand-to-hand," Sergeant Cofflin said yesterday. "We are asking the state's attorney that these people get some substantial [jail] time out of this."

According to court records, state police investigators got a tip from an informant in October that drugs were being sold at homes on Blackfoot Court.

The informant also told police that a boy was getting up to 2 pounds of marijuana a week from adults at three houses and selling it to juveniles in the neighborhood and to students at Westminster High School.

Court records indicate that an undercover officer purchased marijuana from the teen-ager twice in November. Each time, the officer gave the boy $120 and received 1 ounce of the drug in a plastic bag.

On a third occasion in November, the undercover officer bought 1 ounce of marijuana for $120 directly from the adults who were supplying the juvenile with the drugs, court records say.

Records also indicate that when a home was searched in the raid on Dec. 6, police found 10 ounces of marijuana, two scales, tally sheets, phone lists, a pager and $1,864. Also found, according to the records, was a 12-gauge shotgun reported stolen from a Lineboro resident in July 1993.

According to court records, the undercover officer also bought $50 worth of cocaine from another Blackfoot Court resident in November. The officer said in his report that the seller then offered a half-ounce of cocaine for $550.

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