Police continue probe of Ecstasy drug ring in area...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

May 08, 2001

Police continue probe of Ecstasy drug ring in area

Police officials said yesterday that they hope to dismantle by the end of the month a drug ring distributing Ecstasy in the Annapolis area and on the Eastern Shore.

Last month, police said, an undercover Anne Arundel County detective intercepted a shipment of the drug, often distributed at parties and raves. In a purchase set up at Annapolis Mall, 650 doses of Ecstasy and $7,500 cash were seized. Another 350 doses were found in a search of a Laurel home April 20, along with psilocybin mushrooms, liquid LSD and marijuana, police said.

County police, working with officers from the Maryland and Delaware state police and Wicomico County Sheriff's Department, said 11 suspects have been arrested and charged with drug violations. However, police would not divulge their identities while the investigation was continuing.

Man, 40, charged in false bomb threat

A 40-year-old man was charged yesterday with threatening to blow up a Millersville motel where he had been living, county police said.

Police said Dennis Wayne Dimarzo, a former Edgewater resident who was living at White Gables Motel on Veterans Highway, threatened to detonate bombs early Sunday if anyone came to his room.

Officers from the Special Operations Unit and Western District evacuated the building and closed a portion of Veterans Highway during a two-hour standoff before Dimarzo surrendered.

Police said he was taken to North Arundel Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged yesterday with making a false bomb threat. No explosives were found on the premises, police said.

Police seek information about Friday accident

County police are seeking information about a car that reportedly cut off an officer responding to an emergency call Friday night, causing him to lose control of his patrol car and hit a truck on Ritchie Highway.

Northern District Officer Shawn Roger Payne, 29, was driving south on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie about 9:45 p.m. When he attempted to make a left turn at Hammonds Lane, a green car pulled in front of him, according to police.

Payne's cruiser struck the median, slid across the northbound lanes of Ritchie Highway and hit a utility pole and a 1948 GMC truck before overturning on its passenger side.

Payne and the truck's driver, John J. Larue, 43, of Glen Burnie, were released after being treated at Harbor Hospital Center.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-222-8573.

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