Drug investigation in Laurel leads to large cocaine haul

September 09, 2001

A seven-month drug investigation in Laurel led to one of the largest cocaine seizures in Anne Arundel County, police said.

Six kilograms (about 13 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of more than $619,000 was seized from a house in the Russett Green community in Laurel, police said last week. Several loaded guns also were seized.

"Drugs can be anywhere," said Lt. Randall Jones. "But it was a shock to discover it in that neighborhood."

On Friday, Chief P. Thomas Shanahan called the seizure one of the largest in county history. Investigators said the drugs, transported from South Florida, were distributed in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Prince George's counties.

After the raid Wednesday, police charged Ronald Huggins, 31, of the 8500 block of Mayaone St. in Laurel with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was released on $750,000 bond.

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