8 arrested in drug inquiry at UMES Eastern Shore students, 2 juveniles face charges

December 12, 1997|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF

A four-month investigation of drug-selling on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus in Princess Anne led yesterday to eight arrests, including three UMES students and two juveniles.

State police said that after university officials sought help, an undercover narcotics officer infiltrated the group, described as "a small drug distribution and user ring," and made numerous buys of small amounts of marijuana, totaling about a pound.

Police said they recovered 30 grams of marijuana during yesterday's raids, which occurred at Wicomico Hall on campus and at a home in Princess Anne County.

Brad E. Ford of Upper Marlboro and Roland L. Chase of Capitol Heights, both 18, were charged with multiple counts of possession and distribution of marijuana and one charge of conspiracy to distribute the drug.

The three students charged with marijuana possession are Rodney Tartar, 21, of Princess Anne; Timothy D. Blackwell, 22, of Princess Anne; and Rashida Coley, 21, of Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey L. Jones, 44, of Princess Anne was charged with one count each of possession and distribution of heroin. Two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, also were arrested and will be taken before the juvenile court.

Drug distribution is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $20,000 fine. Marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Ronnie Holden, UMES vice president for administration, said campus officials have been diligent in trying to eliminate drug distribution and abuse.

"Though arrests were made, we discovered that there does not appear to be a serious problem with drug traffic or abuse on our campus," Holden said.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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