Three men charged in alleged drug ring

Police seize $46,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine during investigation

June 06, 1999|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police have charged three men with narcotics violations and seized $46,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana in a seven-month investigation into an alleged drug ring believed to move drugs into the county and Baltimore from New York City.

Michael Johnson, 38, of the 1300 block of Greyswood Road in Odenton, was arrested Wednesday night when police searched his home and found money, about 4 ounces of crack cocaine and a stolen handgun, police said. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

A man who investigators said worked with Johnson -- Darrin Reddish, 31, of the 6400 block of Bricktown Circle in Glen Burnie -- was arrested during a traffic stop May 18 and charged with four counts of distribution of cocaine and marijuana, police said.

Police arrested a third man, Robert Locke, 43, of no fixed address, during a traffic stop Feb. 12. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and the use of a handgun during a drug trafficking crime.

Investigators said they were tipped off to the alleged drug ring by a confidential source in October.

During the investigation, investigators said, they identified Locke as the courier who was bringing cocaine from New York to Anne Arundel County and to Baltimore. When police stopped Locke in Glen Burnie, they found 9 ounces of crack cocaine and about 14 ounces of marijuana in his car, they said. The drugs had a street value of $29,000.

During the investigation, detectives said, they bought $16,800 worth of crack cocaine from Johnson and Reddish. Police also seized documents from Johnson's business, New Style Paging in the 3500 block of 10th St. in southern Baltimore.

Detectives said they expect to make more arrests as the investigation continues.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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