Philadelphia man sought in drug case turns himself in

January 27, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Philadelphia man surrendered early yesterday in Cecil County and was charged as a drug kingpin in a three-state cocaine distribution ring, state police said.

Richard Harris, 27, was taken to the Cecil County Detention Center about 2:30 a.m. after surrendering to Maryland State Police at the North East barracks, said Sgt. Tim McDonald, one of the investigators in the case.

"The organization, we allege, is ... a multikilogram drug operation," McDonald said.

Harris, also known as "Filthy Rich," a rap recording artist, remained in the detention center without bail pending a judge's review, center officers said. Courts were closed yesterday because of the weather.

Harris was named last week in a yearlong drug and gambling investigation involving several members of a Conowingo family. Harris is alleged to be the supplier for two men running cocaine distribution rings in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland, McDonald said.

Randall N. Nichols II, 21, and his cousin, Lee Marvin Nichols, 21, both of Conowingo, were arrested last week and charged with numerous drug counts. They were released last week on $100,000 and $75,000 bond, respectively, detention center officials said yesterday.

Shirley Nichols, 51, of Conowingo, mother of Lee Marvin Nichols, also was arrested in the case, charged with drug counts and released last week on $50,000 bail, center officials said.

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