Bust interrupts drug flow, police say

4 arrested

Davidsonville raid leads to seizure of cocaine, cash, guns

January 30, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

With the seizure of 2.5 kilograms of cocaine and the arrests of four suspected drug kingpins, Anne Arundel County officials said yesterday police have interrupted a major supply of cocaine coming from New York to southern Maryland.

County Executive Janet S. Owens and police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan stood next to cocaine wrapped in duct tape with a street value of $272,000 at a news conference at police headquarters in Millersville to announce the sting operation.

Undercover county narcotics detectives infiltrated the Davidsonville-based operation, buying large quantities of cocaine beginning in November, police said.

Detectives followed two Anne Arundel County men accused of distributing the cocaine in the county until Sunday, when they watched them meet with their New York supplier, police said.

After the meeting, police arrested four men and raided a house in Davidsonville, seizing packaged cocaine, $45,000 cash and three guns.

"The public needs to know that as nice as the communities are in Anne Arundel County, we do have these things happening here," Shanahan said.

The dealers were selling 2.5 to 3 kilograms of cocaine a month in South County - primarily in Edgewater and Shady Side - said Lt. Randall Jones, head of the county police narcotics unit.

Michael David Burke, 22, and Michael Paddy, 24, who live in the same house in the 700 block of Sharpsburg Drive in Davidsonville, were charged under the state drug kingpin law with possession and distribution of cocaine and conspiring to bring the drug into the state.

An alleged associate, Robert M. Malloy, 25, of the 3700 block of Nile Road in Davidsonville was charged with the same offenses under the drug kingpin law, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

A 32-year-old New York man also was charged with distribution and possession of cocaine. He was not identified by police because his activities are also being investigated by New York authorities.

The four suspects were being held without bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis last night. Police said they suspect the local suppliers had about a dozen street-level dealers, who are now the target of an investigation.

A 9 mm assault rifle with a pistol grip, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 9 mm pistol, seized from Burke and Paddy's house, will be traced to see whether they were used in other crimes, Jones said.

According to police and court records, the Anne Arundel County men had no prior arrests for drugs or violence. Police said Paddy's mother appeared to have no knowledge of the alleged drug activities of her son and Burke, who lived with them. Police said the two men quit their jobs as electricians as their cocaine ring grew.

In the past year, Jones said, the men were suspected of doubling and tripling their profits on the cocaine trade in South County.

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