Balto. Co. man charged in drug probe

December 05, 1997|By Dail Willis and Mike Farabaugh | Dail Willis and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A yearlong multiagency investigation has disrupted a drug network that stretched from Mexico to Maryland and brought 2,000 pounds of marijuana and cocaine into the state over the past year, authorities announced yesterday.

Among the 15 people arrested in the investigation, which is continuing, were a Texas couple who police say ferried the drugs -- some wrapped like Christmas gifts -- in their convertible Cadillac from the Dallas area to an interior design shop in Pikesville.

From there, police said, the drugs were sold in Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties.

"This distribution network ultimately covered eight states and two foreign countries," said Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, at a news conference yesterday in Pikesville. On prominent display at the news conference were numerous 50-pound packages of marijuana, including one in Christmas wrapping paper.

Authorities said the network began in Mexico and stretched into Texas, Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky -- and into Canada.

Police obtained search-and-seizure warrants for the home and business of Art Kargman, 28, of the 10900 block of Baskerville Road in Reisterstown.

Investigators arrested Kargman on distribution and trafficking charges, police said, and found 80 pounds of marijuana at his home and 4 pounds of cocaine at his business, Eagle Interior Concepts in the 9600 block of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.

Pub Date: 12/05/97

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