Police charge two more in probe of alleged drug operation in Westminster Nine others arrested Friday after two-month undercover investigation

August 25, 1998

With two more arrests Sunday, authorities have charged 11 in a two-month undercover investigation of an alleged crack cocaine operation along Pennsylvania Avenue and Uniontown Road in Westminster. Nine people were arrested Friday.

The latest arrested were Rodney E. Miles, 32, of the 900 block of Eckard Court in Westminster and Tyrone S. Cole, 23, of the 1800 block of Lauretta Ave. in Baltimore. Both men were charged with possession of crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine. Cole also was charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Miles is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail and Cole in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said.

Two suspects from Baltimore, one from Hampstead and six from Westminster were arrested Friday on charges stemming from the alleged sale or purchase of cocaine, said Chief Sam Leppo of Westminster Police Department. His agency was assisted by Maryland State Police in carrying out search and seizure warrants.

The previous arrests included:

Amy L. Dixon, 20, of the 200 block of E. Main St. in Westminster, charged with distribution, possession, conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. She was released on $25,000 bail.

Michael J. Graham, 26, of the 100 block of W. Main St. in Westminster, charged with conspiracy to distribute, distribution and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

JTC Robert J. Stevenson, 25, of the first block of S. Church St. in Westminster, charged with possession of paraphernalia and a controlled dangerous substance. He was released on $5,000 bail.

Charles E. Fisher Jr., 20, of the first block of Union St. in Westminster, charged with carrying a handgun and discharging a firearm within city limits. He was released on $5,000 bail.

James K. Conley, 27, of the first block of Schoolhouse Road, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was released on $10,000 bail.

Released on $5,000 bail after being arrested on single counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance were 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.

Also arrested Friday were Melissa H. Lutz and Jason E. Shephard, both 24 and both of the 3500 block of E. Fairmount Ave. in Baltimore. Lutz, who was charged with distribution and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Shephard, who faces 14 drug-related charges, including distribution, possession and conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, was released on $25,000 bail.

Pub Date: 8/25/98

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