Arundel police seize 426 pounds of marijuana in Millersville

Indictment sought against business owner

February 25, 1999|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police are headed to a grand jury with 426 pounds of marijuana they seized from deliveries to a Millersville business and other evidence they say links the owner to drug operations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties.

Police said yesterday they will seek a drug trafficking indictment against Nnamdi C. Lawson, 30, of the 7700 block of Tobruk Court in the Harmans Woods section of Hanover. Montgomery County police issued an arrest warrant for Lawson earlier this month after they seized about 200 pounds of marijuana from the Gaithersburg office of his business, Copy and Parcel, in the 300 block of Muddy Branch Road.

Anne Arundel detectives seized the marijuana, which was in eight packages, from a truck making a delivery to Copy and Parcel offices in the 600 block of Old Mill Road in Millersville.

The seizure is one of the largest in county history, ranking with the more than 400 pounds police found in 1992. Anne Arundel police are gathering more evidence before going to the grand jury, said Lt. Chuck Mounts, head of the narcotics division in the Anne Arundel department.

Anne Arundel police received a tip from Montgomery detectives who searched the Gaithersburg business and found that Lawson also owned Millersville Copy and Parcel.

Anne Arundel detectives searched the Millersville office Feb. 9 and found nothing, police said. But as they were were leaving, a Roadway Express truck arrived and parked in front of the business. The detectives knew that drugs had arrived at the Gaithersburg Copy and Parcel in a Roadway truck and asked the driver for permission to search his truck.

A police dog named Shiloh sniffed out the marijuana, police said.

Detectives searched Lawson's home later and found mailing labels for the packages, bank records and $7,000 in cash they say links him to the drugs, valued at $1.9 million and addressed to Allyson Barnette at the Millersville Copy and Parcel office, Mounts said.

Neither Montgomery nor Anne Arundel police have been able to find Lawson, and Montgomery police have not been able to determine whether Barnette exists, according to charging documents in that county.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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