Two men charged in drug probe after chase ends in Marley Creek

April 01, 1999|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An undercover drug buy turned into a chase into Marley Creek late Tuesday when police caught and arrested two accused drug dealers and seized six guns, more than $9,000 and a pound of cocaine.

Narcotics officers Robert Novotny, Michael Donoho and William Caputo said they had been investigating Ronald Wayne Szlachetka as a suspected mid-level drug dealer, linked with a Baltimore drug ring.

The undercover officers arranged to purchase a pound of cocaine for $12,300 Tuesday night in the parking lot of Brewster's Saloon in the 7100 block of E. Furnace Branch Road.

According to a police report, a man arrived about 10 p.m. in a Toyota Supra driven by a second man. When the first man showed officers the suspected drugs, police from the Special Operations Unit converged on the parking lot, but the man fled toward the rear of the bar. Officers coming into the parking lot caught the man behind the saloon, with the help of the canine unit.

Meanwhile, the driver of the Supra sped across the lot when he saw police and headed east on Furnace Branch Road, the report said. The car stalled a short distance away after it hit a curb when the driver attempted to turn south on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, police said.

The driver fled the car and ran into Marley Creek to avoid the officers, but police used a helicopter to spot the man in the near-freezing water. He surrendered moments later, police said.

Officers found $3,759 in the man's pockets and another $6,000 in his car, which they seized.

After the arrest, police got a warrant to search Szlachetka's apartment in the 6700 block of Rapid Water Way in Glen Burnie. They seized six loaded guns -- three rifles and three handguns.

Szlachetka, 24, and Jason Bradley Brooks, 20, of the 3400 block of Toone Street in Baltimore were charged with cocaine possession and distribution. Szlachetka is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, and Brooks is being held without bond.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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