Prince George's man charged in supply of drugs to street dealers

September 04, 2004

Howard County police said yesterday that they arrested a Prince George's County man whom they described as a "major supplier" to street-level drug dealers in Columbia.

Police accused Robert A. Roach, 30, of Bowie of distancing himself from drug sales in Columbia by using intermediaries to distribute the drugs to dealers. Earlier this year, police conducted a large-scale undercover drug investigation in Columbia, called "Operation Clean Sweep," which netted 37 arrests. But Roach was able to keep himself isolated, police said.

But police continued to investigate him and allegedly made "a number of undercover drug buys," according to a press statement. On Aug. 26, police executed a search warrant on Roach's house and seized two of his vehicles, which they say were used to distribute narcotics.

Roach was charged with six counts of distribution and six counts of possession of crack cocaine.

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