Eight are charged as result of raids in major Howard County drug probe


Eight people have been charged as a result of recent police raids on two Columbia apartments in what Howard County police said is a continuation of its large-scale drug investigation, Operation Clean Sweep.

The arrests came more than three months after the end of the 18-month investigation, which used wiretaps, body wires, videotaping and undercover drug buys. Thirty-seven people have been arrested.

After police went public with Operation Clean Sweep in February, detectives knew there would be a "next step" - breaking up drug operations that moved their business indoors, said Howard police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

Police raided two apartments in the Cedar Valley apartment complex in the Village of Harper's Choice in May and last month, arresting seven people in the first raid and two others, including a 17-year-old who was charged as a juvenile, in the second raid, she said.

Charges against one of the nine have since been dropped, according to court records.

Six of the people arrested as a result of the first raid were charged with cocaine possession. They were identified as Charles Lamont Hood, 39, and Suzanne L. Rosenthal, 49, both of the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road in Columbia; Leroy Matthews Jr., 51, and Nancy Yvonne Matthews, 46, both of the 6000 block of Meadow Ridge Road in Elkridge; and Larry Davis, 45, and Marcia Minor, 36, who police said have no fixed addresses.

Troy B. Myers Jr., 18, of the first block of Rand Court in Woodlawn, and a 17-year-old boy from Columbia, were each charged with drug distribution and possession as a result of the second raid, police said.

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