Arundel County boy, 16, faces juvenile drug charge

He had been left alone in townhouse, police say

March 03, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old who was left with a Crofton townhouse all to himself was charged with running a drug operation out of it, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

More than 100 capsules of suspected Ecstasy, with a street value of $4,235, were recovered in a search of the house Wednesday night, said Western District Sgt. R. A. Snider.

Officers also recovered a small amount of prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia from the nearly empty Log Mill Court townhouse, he said.

The boy, who is not being identified because of his age, was charged as a juvenile with possession with intent to distribute. He was apparently left by his mother, who owns the house, after Christmas, said neighbors in the Crofton Meadows subdivision.

Snider said that although the boy was released into his mother's custody, police had contacted the Department of Social Services.

No refrigerator or furniture was in the townhouse, Snider said, and trash was piled on the back deck. Other teens in the area had keys to the house and stayed there occasionally, police said. "It was kind of like a flophouse," Snider said.

Neighbors said they noticed other teens coming and going from the house at all hours. Suspicious that something was wrong, neighbors called police.

Detectives learned during a monthlong investigation of the house that the 16-year-old, who had dropped out of school, was the primary resident, Snider said.

"I can tell you there were a lot of pizza deliveries," said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified because she feared vandalism from area teens as retribution.

"Most of the time, they'd just pull up and one would run in and come back out a few minutes later," she said.

Other neighbors, who also said they feared retribution, said they blamed the teen's parents. "A 16-year-old has no business being left alone like that," said one neighbor. "The parents just left him [for] the community to deal with."

Neighbors praised the police for responding so quickly. "This is a good community," another neighbor said. "We have lots of young families here. And we intend to keep it safe."

In addition to the 16-year-old, Michael Williams, 20, of Crofton was charged with possession with intent to distribute suspected Ecstasy. Sarah P. McVeigh, 19, of Gambrills and Jacob M. Manoogian, 18, of Crofton were charged with possession of paraphernalia.

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