64 pounds of marijuana seized by police

Towson couple charged with possession

March 31, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police in Towson made the largest drug arrest in precinct history yesterday, charging two people and seizing 64 pounds of marijuana at a Loch Raven apartment.

Richard M. Stafford, 39, of the 8400 block of Greenway Road, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and a series of other drug charges. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, police said.

Also charged was his wife, Joy Louise Stafford, 31, of the same address.

She faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. She is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, police said.

Police allege that Richard Stafford was supplying drugs to as many as 35 people throughout the county, said Sgt. Michael Amrhein. Authorities said the drugs were worth between $64,000 and $80,000.

Police said the case began a month ago when patrol officers responded to a domestic dispute in a Hillendale apartment and found drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of marijuana. Officials arrested the two people in the apartment on drug possession charges.

That arrest led officers to an apartment on Greenway Road. When officials executed a search warrant there Wednesday, they determined that the occupant was receiving drugs from Texas via United Parcel Service shipments, police said.

When police entered the apartment, they found 14 pounds of marijuana in the master bedroom and "other small quantities scattered around the house," Amrhein said.

Police said they found two 25-pound boxes of marijuana in the trunk of a car, which was parked outside.

Police said they have called the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to help determine who in Texas was shipping the drugs.

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