12 arrested on drug charges in Taneytown

6 are juveniles

investigation continuing

April 13, 1999|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF

Taneytown police have arrested a dozen people, half of them juveniles, on charges including possession and distribution of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Chief Melvin Diggs declined to say whether those arrested are suspected of being part of a drug ring.

"It's a lot [of arrests] at one time," said Diggs.

The six juveniles, boys ages 14 to 17, were arrested first and led police to the others, he said. The investigation is continuing.

Diggs said most of the arrests were made from March 25 to March 29 near East Baltimore Street and Grand Drive.

"We have information on other people and are going to be making some more arrests," he said.

Larry Porter, 27, and Robert Wilson, 23, both of Littlestown, Pa., were charged with possession of paraphernalia.

Joshua Rio, 20, was charged with manufacture and possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia. Jesse Parrish, 19, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and a controlled dangerous substance. Jason McElroy, 18, was charged with possession of paraphernalia. Amy Thomas, 18, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and a controlled dangerous substance. Rio, Parrish, McElroy and Thomas are Taneytown residents.

A 16-year-old was charged with assault and resisting arrest in addition to drug charges. Diggs said a 17-year-old was charged with distributing marijuana and might be tried as an adult. The two were released to their parents.

The four other juveniles were charged with possession of paraphernalia and controlled dangerous substance. They also have been released to their parents, he said.

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