2-county raids net LSD, pot, 12 arrests Howard police seize 20 lbs. of marijuana in parking lot bust

April 18, 1997|By Jill Hudson and TaNoah Morgan | Jill Hudson and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Howard and Anne Arundel County police arrested 12 people this week after related drug raids in the two counties yielded 38 pounds of marijuana, 3,700 doses of LSD and more than $3,000 in cash.

Police estimates of the street value of the drugs seized were between $140,000 and $190,000.

In Howard County, police confiscated 20 pounds of marijuana and arrested three men yesterday morning on the parking lot of Normandy Bowling Lanes in the 8400 block of U.S. 40, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, Anne Arundel County police said a search-and-seizure warrant served at a house in the 1100 block of Stoney Run Road in Hanover Tuesday night yielded 3,700 doses of LSD -- that county's largest haul of the drug -- and $3,000.

Nine people were arrested.

"This is a substantial amount of LSD in our area," said Lt. Chuck Mounts, who heads Arundel's narcotics section. "It's the most I've seen in one seizure."

The raids ended a monthlong investigation by Howard County narcotics detectives into a scheme that police said involved buying drugs from a house in Hanover and selling them at the Ellicott City bowling alley.

"Twenty pounds of marijuana is a lot of drugs," Keller said of yesterday's seizure in Howard.

"It's not the biggest drug bust we've had in the county, but it's not your average marijuana seizure, either."

Anne Arundel police conducted their raid on the basis of information provided by Howard police about the Hanover house -- which police believed was being used as a drug stash house. Anne Arundel police raided the one-story house about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Narcotics detectives said they found six people sitting around a table in the dining room smoking marijuana.

"It was like walking into [a] Cheech and Chong movie," Sgt. Robert Madison, who participated in the raid.

"The odor just rolled out from the front door. We had to open all the doors to keep from getting a contact buzz."

In the house, detectives said, they found about 700 doses of LSD in a dining room cabinet and another 3,000 doses in a bedroom.

Police also found 3 pounds of marijuana in various locations -- including inside a bongo drum -- as well as marijuana seeds in a basement room decorated with pictures of marijuana leaves. Fifteen more pounds of the drug were found in a cooler in woods behind the house, police said.

Arundel police said they waited to announce the results of their raid because Howard narcotics detectives had not finished their investigation into the alleged marijuana distribution ring.

Keller said Howard County police went to the Normandy Bowling Lanes parking lot about 8: 30 a.m. yesterday and arrested three men after an undercover narcotics agent allegedly bought marijuana from one of them.

Police also seized 20 pounds of what later tested positive for marijuana from the car of one of those arrested.

The three, all charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana, are:

Kenneth Dugbanor Nater, 28, who lives in the 5400 block of Harper's Farm Road in Columbia's Harper's Choice village.

Marlon Valentine Johnson, 26, of the 9600 block of Orpin Road of Randallstown.

Christopher George Stewart, 21, of the 8200 block of Church Lane, also of Randallstown.

All three were being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $25,000 bail.

Those arrested in the Anne Arundel raid are:

Vincent Jude Dauer, 34, who police said lives at the Stoney Run Road house, charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and LSD.

Ronnie Mack Collins, 37, also of the Stoney Run Road address, charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Mark Darin Smith, 36, and Susan Beth Smith, 34, both of the 8300 block of Washington Blvd., both charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicole Victoria Stewart, 24, and Michael Kevin Carberry, 38, both of the 4900 block of Ridge Road in Mount Airy, both charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Alan Bloomquist, 34, of the 7300 block of S. Elden Court in Hanover, charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Lee Carter, 33, of the 11700 block of Wayneridge St. in Fulton, charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Searcy Taylor, 18, of the 10500 block of Green Mountain Circle in Columbia, charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dauer was released on $35,000 bail and Collins on $1,500 bail. The Smiths, Stewart, Carberry, Bloomquist, Carter and Taylor were released on their own recognizance.

Police said warrants are pending for two more people believed to live at the Stoney Run address.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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