Federal authorities announced Tuesday that they had cracked a large suburban Maryland drug organization, arresting 18 people and charging 15 of them with conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana.
According to a federal grand jury indictment, the drug trafficking organization, primarily based in Anne Arundel County, also dealt in cocaine,
As part of the indictment, the
The investigation began when defendant Frederick Blair
Kerem Dayi of Gambrills is the organization's leader, authorities said. The Department of Justice said Dayi had marijuana shipped or driven from California and New Jersey. Some of the drugs were allegedly flown in through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Another defendant, Scott Russell Segal of Glen Burnie and Hanover, allegedly ran a stash house for the drugs off Interstate 97 in Glen Burnie. The organization also had a few businesses through which it laundered the drug money, authorities said. Most of the defendants were also charged with money laundering.
One of the businesses was an
For the drug conspiracy charges, all the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison. For the money-laundering charges, 14 defendants each face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The defendants from Maryland are Thomas, Dayi, Segal, Steven Neil Madden of