Drugs seized, man arrested Methamphetamine valued at $105,000 came from California

January 09, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

County police arrested a Tracy's Landing resident yesterday after seizing what they said could be the largest amount of

methamphetamine in county history this week.

After a cross-country investigation that lasted several months, police said, they intercepted a package from Bakersfield, Calif., destined for an Edgewater residence. The package contained four stuffed animals containing 3 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $105,000, police said.

Police have not released the address of the Edgewater home.

After they seized the drugs and investigated further, police said, officers issued a warrant for Kevin Michael Grigsby, 41, of the 500 block of North Drive, who turned himself in at the Southern District police station in Edgewater yesterday morning.

Police charged him with importing methamphetamine into the state, possession and possession with intent to distribute the drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police are searching for Bonnie Bird Butler, 24, also of the North Drive address, who is charged with possessing and distributing drugs.

Officers in California tipped off Anne Arundel police to the drug shipment, police spokesman Jeff Kelly said. He would not comment further on the nature of the investigations here and in California.

"This was a very large seizure, and we are going to see exactly how far this is entrenched in Anne Arundel County," Kelly said. "We are continuing the investigation to find out if there are other links in the county."

The seizure of methamphetamine came as a surprise to some investigators because cocaine and marijuana have been the drugs of choice in the county since the mid-1980s, said Detective Kathy George.

"It's probably an eye-opener," she said. "It obviously means [methamphetamine] is coming into the county."

Investigators said the seizure could signal a re-emergence of the drug, commonly called speed, in the county, police said.

Since the early 1990s, many counties across the country have reported increased methamphetamine seizures, according to national drug reports.

The drugs intercepted in Arundel were stuffed into bags of coffee, which were wrapped in perfume-soaked cloths, then sewn into the toy animals, a technique George said is not unusual or hard to recognize.

"When you pick up a stuffed animal and it seems to weigh about 10 pounds, you've got to wonder if there's something in here," she said. "Sometimes suspects will tell us they learn this stuff from watching the show 'Cops.' "

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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