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March 31, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Couple and their mothers plead guilty in drug case A 29-year-old man, his girlfriend and both of their mothers have pleaded guilty in Baltimore's U.S. District Court to federal charges for their roles in an Eastern Shore cocaine ring, authorities said.

Ronald Seldon of Salisbury pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and money laundering, in a deal just before his scheduled trial before Judge J. Frederick Motz. He could receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison or up to life in prison and a $4 million fine.

His mother, Yvonne Seldon, girlfriend Edwina Harmon and her mother, Sylvia Harmon, also pleaded guilty Monday to helping to hide the proceeds from his drug operation by buying vehicles and jewelry. The women - who also were scheduled for trial this week - face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the money laundering charge.

Guns, about $143,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, jewelry valued at about $130,400 and cocaine were seized from the operation, according to prosecutors, who estimated the amount of laundered money at more than $1 million. Sentencing was scheduled for June.

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