Undercover operation yields 9 drug arrests Carroll prosecutor says he'll seek no-parole sentences

August 22, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Authorities in Carroll County arrested nine people, including two Baltimore residents, yesterday on drug charges stemming from an undercover operation in Westminster.

All of the cases involve the alleged selling or buying of crack cocaine, said Westminster Police Chief Sam Leppo.

The arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation into drug activity along Pennsylvania Avenue and Uniontown Road by Westminster police. State police assisted in the arrests.

"The area was targeted as a result of complaints from citizens," Leppo said.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said he will seek a no-parole sentence in each case. Those arrested could face up to 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, depending on their criminal history and the severity of the charges, Barnes said.

The following Westminster residents, all of whom were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster yesterday, were arrested:

Amy L. Dixon, 20, of the 200 block of E. Main St., charged with distribution, possession, conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Michael J. Graham, 26, of the 100 block of W. Main St., charged with conspiracy to distribute, distribution and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Robert J. Stevenson, 25, of the first block of S. Church St., charged with possession of paraphernalia and a controlled dangerous substance.

Charles E. Fisher Jr., 20, of the first block of Union St., charged with carrying a handgun and discharging a firearm within city limits. Police said Fisher fired his weapon along West Main Street.

James K. Conley, 27, of the first block of Schoolhouse Ave., faces one charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Wayne A. Smith, 39, of the 100 block of E. George St. in Westminster and William E. Aberts, 19, of the 2800 block of Rohrbaugh Road in Hampstead were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Each was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Melissa H. Lutz and Jason E. Shephard, both 24 and both of the 3500 block of E. Fairmount Ave. in Baltimore were also arrested. Lutz was charged with distribution and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Shephard faces 14 drug-related charges, including distribution, possession and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Each was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at the Detention Center.

Pub Date: 8/22/98

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