Shore couple charged after drug raid

police report seizing weapons, cash

May 16, 1999|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

An Eastern Shore couple arrested during a drug raid at their home Friday evening had a cache of weapons and ammunition, three pipe bombs and a Molotov cocktail, police said yesterday.

Police said that when they raided the house in the 9400 block of Black Dog Alley in Easton about 9: 30 p.m. as part of a two-month investigation, they found the weapons, $10,000 worth of drugs, $2,726 in cash and paraphernalia.

Charles Edward Cheezum Jr., 38, and his wife, Brenda Lee Cheezum, 36, were charged with numerous drug and weapon offenses, said Maryland state police spokesman Pete A. Piringer.

Charles Cheezum was being held yesterday at the Talbot County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Brenda Lee Cheezum was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

Victoria Lynn Luongo, 23, of First Avenue in Chester was visiting the couple when Talbot County Narcotics Task Force officers raided the home, police said. She was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and was released on her own recognizance.

Police reported seizing the weapons and cash, more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition, nearly an ounce of cocaine, 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana, digital scales and other paraphernalia, and a 1997 Nissan pickup.

"The number of weapons -- seven rifles and three handguns -- and the fact that they were all loaded was something of a surprise," Piringer said.

Piringer said the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force, the state police, the Talbot County state's attorney's office, Maryland Natural Resources Police and local law enforcement agencies will continue to investigate.

Since January, the task force has made about 30 arrests.

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