Laurel man held on $50,000 bail in alleged sale of drug to officer 3-month investigation culminates in arrest, seizure of marijuana

October 01, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Laurel man was being held yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bail after being arrested Monday on charges of selling 7 pounds of marijuana to an undercover trooper.

According to charging documents, the undercover trooper assigned to the Carroll County drug unit at the state police barracks in Westminster had arranged to purchase marijuana and met a man in the parking lot of the Sykesville Post Office at 9: 15 p.m.

The man got out of his car with a green knapsack, which the trooper knew from previous deals was used to carry drugs, police said.

With assistance from uniformed troopers and Sykesville police, the man was arrested without incident and the suspected marijuana was seized.

In Laurel, city police and state police investigators assigned to a federal drug task force searched the man's apartment in the 200 block of Fort Meade Road, where they found 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana, state police said.

Investigators said they believe the marijuana was intended for sale in Carroll and would have brought $40,000 to $50,000, if sold on the street.

Matthew W. Mills, 22, of the Fort Meade Road address, was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, court records show.

His arrest was part of a three-month investigation, during which more than 15 pounds of marijuana was seized, police said.

A bail review hearing was scheduled today in the District Court of Carroll County.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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