Harford drug agents arrest Edgewood man, 5 other people

March 05, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

BEL AIR -- An Edgewood man, who Harford drug agents say is the head of a drug ring operating in the county, was being held without bond yesterday after his arrest during an overnight raid by the county's Narcotics Task Force.

Jason E. Easter, 25, of the 1400 block of Charlestown Drive in Edgewood was arrested early Monday by task force officers after they discovered cash and 21 ounces of cocaine in his vehicle, said Harford Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ginger Rigney.

Police also arrested five others on a variety of drug and weapons charges after serving warrants at several homes, Rigney said.

During the operation, police also seized two vehicles, packaged marijuana, two ounces of cocaine, and $3,600, she said, as well as guns, including an AK-47 assault rifle, she said.

Easter was charged with transporting cocaine into the state, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of cocaine, she said, adding that he is being held in the Harford County Detention Center.

Also arrested, Rigney said, were James T. Easter, 33, of the 1700 block of Crimson Tree Way in Edgewood; Troy L. Edwards, 25, of the 300 block of Churchville Road in Churchville; Idiamin R. Foster, 22, of the 1400 block of Charlestown Drive in Edgewood; Alfatine A. Franklin, 20, of the 1700 block of Judy Way in Edgewood; and Nichole M. Leyhe, 21, of the 1600 block of Candlewood Court in Edgewood.

The Harford County Narcotics Task Force is made up of officers from the Sheriff's Office, the Maryland State Police, and the Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, and Bel Air police departments, Rigney said.

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