13 arrested in Harford County marijuana ring

More than 250 pounds of marijuana and $400,000 seized in 2-year investigation

April 02, 2010|By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | Baltimore Sun reporter

Authorities in Harford County have arrested 13 people they say were part of a major drug ring that distributed marijuana throughout the county.

The Harford County Task Force, working with federal agents, seized more than 250 pounds of marijuana and $400,000, according to the sheriff's office. The investigation began in the summer of 2008 and ended with the indictment Tuesday of Antonio Boston, 51, of Aberdeen, who authorities say was the ring leader.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said that large quantities of the drugs originated from Mexico and were smuggled across the Arizona border, then shipped in containers to Harford County and distributed. Spokesman Lt. Lee Dunbar said those arrested were wholesalers, not small-level street dealers, adding that "while this has not eradicated drugs in Harford County, it has certainly put a dent in it."

Also arrested were: Thomas R. Cherry, 52, of Havre de Grace; Rudy B. Ferguson, 28, of Aberdeen; Aaron Rembold, 38, of Aberdeen; Luis F. Velez, 36, of Aberdeen; Thomas A. Mead, 53, of Columbia; William E. Kohl, Jr., 48, of Laurel; Darlene N. Kohl, 51, of Laurel; Joseph W. Tebin, Sr., 51, of Perryville; Rebecca L. Oals, 53, of Colora; Norman E. Oals, 53, of Colora; David R. Mumpower, 55, of Havre de Grace; Larry A. Stansbury, 33, of Edgewood.

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