Meth distribution suspect remains in federal custody

Anonymous tip led to Christmas Eve arrest of Pasadena man indicted in September

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A 27-year-old Pasadena man who has been linked to two methamphetamine labs in Anne Arundel County was ordered to remain in federal custody yesterday at an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Christopher James Marshall, who was indicted on five federal drug possession and distribution charges in September, evaded capture for 95 days before Anne Arundel County police arrested him Christmas Eve, authorities said.

He could be sentenced to life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to distribute meth, said Marcy Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office. The charges stem from a meth lab raid in August in Severna Park, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, a county police spokesman.

Responding to an anonymous tip, county police found Marshall at a home at 6 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Wharf Drive in Pasadena, Urbas said.

Marshall was taken to the county's Eastern District and transferred to U.S. marshals, Urbas said. Marshall has been in federal custody since then, Murphy said.

The charges came after agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration seized a meth lab on Aug. 22 in Severna Park. At the time, federal agents arrested only Brian Kauffmann, 33, who was running the lab out of his garage, police said. He is in federal custody.

The meth lab in Severna Park was the first in memory to be found in Anne Arundel County, but since then two others have been discovered, including one in Millersville two weeks ago.

A federal grand jury indicted Marshall on the five drug charges Sept. 20.

Urbas said, "He has been linked to the Millersville lab, but he has not been charged."

Police have said that Michael Don Beil, 43, of Millersville - who has been charged in connection with a lab found in a shed on the property he was renting - learned to make the drug from men behind the Severna Park lab.

The third lab - seized Nov. 28 in Lothian - is believed to be unrelated to the others, police said.

Meth is a highly addictive drug that can be manufactured from readily available ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine - an ingredient common in over-the-counter allergy medications.

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