Columbia man faces multiple drug charges after search

April 05, 2000|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

Howard County police have charged a Columbia man with drug distribution after searching his apartment last week and finding large amounts of marijuana and hallucinogenic drugs and $9,695 in cash, authorities said.

Christopher Paul Burk, 24, of the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road was arrested Friday, police said, after narcotics officers from Howard and Prince George's counties searched his apartment.

Sgt. John Superson, Howard police spokesman, would not comment on what led detectives to the apartment, except to say the raid was the result of a joint investigation between the two departments.

Police seized more than 1,000 pills of the hallucinogenic drug Ecstasy. Detectives estimated the street value of the pills to be $29,100.

About 300 grams of marijuana, with a street value of $5,942, was found in the apartment, as well as 375 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, valued at $5,624, police said.

According to court records, Burk was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and hallucinogens, possession of controlled dangerous substances and possession of paraphernalia.

He posted $50,000 bail and was released from the Howard County detention center Sunday, court records show.

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