Saying he fears DEA, man turns himself, cocaine over to police

March 01, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Calvert County man who said he was high on cocaine turned himself -- and 56 grams of cocaine -- over to Anne Arundel County police last week because, he told officers, the Drug Enforcement Administration was watching him.

Police said John Steven Staley, 36, of the 9500 block of Old Solomons Island Road in Owings was charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Police said Officer John Garfola had stopped at the Herrington Harbour Marina Resort Motel in the 7100 block of Lake Shore Drive just after 11: 30 p.m. Thursday when a man approached him and started a conversation.

The man told Garfola that the DEA was "watching and trying to locate him," according to police. He also told officers, authorities said, that he had a large amount of cocaine in his motel room.

Police said he showed officers some cocaine on a dresser and more under a mattress. Two bags of the drug were on the floor near the bed, police said.

Garfola arrested the man, who later told the officer he was high on cocaine and "he had been doing it for two days," according to the police report. Police said the man's face and eyes were red and his eyes were watery.

Two men who robbed a clerk at a Laurel Subway sandwich shop Thursday may have been responsible for a similar holdup a day earlier at an Odenton gasoline station, county police said.

In the latest incident, police said, the men walked into the Subway in the 3400 block of Laurel-Fort Meade Road just after 10: 30 p.m. and asked a clerk if the store had a safe. When the clerk did not answer, one man pulled up his shirt to reveal the handle of a gun in his waistband, police said.

The gunman walked the clerk to the cash register and demanded money. The clerk put an undisclosed amount of money in a plastic bag and handed it to the gunman, who passed it to his accomplice before both ran from the store.

The gunman was described as black, 19 to 21, 6 feet 4 with a medium build, mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black silk cap with a Tommy Hilfiger logo on the side, a black short-sleeved shirt, and blue baggy jeans.

The second man was described as black with a light complexion, 19 to 21, 6 feet 1 with a medium build. He wore a green baseball cap and a blue sweater with a red stripe across the front.

On Wednesday afternoon, two men -- one displaying a gun -- robbed the Crown gas station in the 1100 block of Old Annapolis Road -- one of them showing the clerk a gun, according to police.

The descriptions of the two men were similar to those in the sandwich shop robbery.

A man with a handgun robbed a Glen Burnie gas station Wednesday of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

The robber walked into the Crown station in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. shortly after 8: 30 p.m., pulled the gun and demanded money, according to police.

The gunman was described as white, more than 6 feet tall, with a light mustache and beard. He was wearing dark clothing and a black stocking cap.

County police issued tickets for alcohol violations to 35 people and arrested 14 on marijuana offenses Wednesday after they caught them drinking outside a hotel nightclub near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

In what police described as "an alcohol enforcement operation," a team of officers patrolled the parking lot of Hurricane's at the BWI Sheraton looking for people drinking outside the bar.

Seventeen people were cited for open-container alcohol violations, and another 18 for underage possession of alcohol.

Five of those cited for alcohol violations were among the 14 arrested and charged with marijuana possession, according to police.

Those rounded up on the parking lot ranged in age from 18 to 24, except for one 30-year-old, and gave addresses that ranged across the Baltimore-Washington region.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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