2 Harford men charged as drug kingpins 40 warrants are issued after 1-year investigation

July 18, 1998|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Two Harford County men were charged as drug kingpins yesterday as state and county authorities broke up what they say was a drug ring that sold at least 2 pounds of crack cocaine each month in Harford and Cecil counties and parts of Pennsylvania.

Culminating a yearlong investigation, officers from the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force served dozens of arrest warrants on charges including possession, distribution and the sale of crack cocaine and marijuana.

By late yesterday, at least 25 people had been arrested in the mostly rural, northern portion of the county or had turned themselves in, and officials said more arrests are expected. Authorities had secured 40 arrest warrants.

Charged as kingpins were Donald Junior Cochran, 45, of the 3100 block of Sandy Hook Road in the rural Harford community of Street, and Robert Thomas Davis, 23, of Belcrest Drive in Bel Air. Both were being held yesterday at the Harford County Detention Center pending bail reviews.

Sgt. John Burton, supervisor of the task force, said that while no drugs or weapons were seized yesterday, authorities estimate that the ring brought in about $3,600 a day in drug sales.

"It involved people from the northern part of the county, and that is a close-knit community up there," Burton said. "It's an area not often associated with drug activity."

Yesterday's charges mark the second time in less than a year that officials have moved against what they said was a drug ring in Harford and successfully secured drug-kingpin indictments.

In November, former Aberdeen High School basketball star Monroe Charles Brown, 27, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and his former classmate, Aaron N. Mathis, 29, of Edgewood, were indicted as kingpins of a ring alleged to have brought in as much as a pound of cocaine a week into Harford County.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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