Harford County Task Force Dismantle Interstate Marijuana Drug Ring
(Harford County, MD – April 2, 2010) The Harford County Task Force announced the conclusion of a six-month investigation after an indictment of the ringleader, Antonio Boston of Aberdeen, MD on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The investigation that began in the summer of 2008 and lasted approximately 6 months led to the dismantling of interstate marijuana smuggling and distribution ring operating in Harford County, MD. Working with U.S. Customs, the Task force seized over 250 pounds of marijuana, several firearms, and property and cash in excess of $400,000.
The investigation determined that large quantities of marijuana originating in Mexico were smuggled across the border into Arizona. From there, the contraband was packaged in several different types of containers and shipped by commercial carriers to conspirators in Harford County, Maryland. Once received, the marijuana was broken down for distribution and sold throughout the region.
During the course of the investigation, twenty-three search and seizure warrants were executed producing approximately 250 pounds of marijuana, 20 live marijuana plants, 4 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, nine handguns, five long guns, eight motor vehicles, a forklift, cash and two real properties which are pending forfeiture through the Federal Government. Those arrested or indicted include:
- Antonio Boston, age 51 of Aberdeen, MD - Ring Leader
- Thomas R. Cherry, age 52 of Havre de Grace, MD – Lead Player
- Rudy B. Ferguson, age 28 of Aberdeen, MD
- Aaron Rembold, age 38 of Aberdeen, MD
- Luis F. Velez, age 36 of Aberdeen, MD
- Thomas A. Mead, age 53 of Columbia-Howard Co. MD
- William E. Kohl, Jr. age 48 of Laurel- Howard Co. MD
- Darlene N. Kohl, age 51 of Laurel-Howard Co. MD
- Joseph W. Tebin, Sr. age 51 of Perryville-Cecil Co MD
- Rebecca L. Oals, age 53 of Colora-Cecil Co. MD
- Norman E. Oals, age 53 of Colora-Cecil Co., MD
- David R. Mumpower, age 55 of Havre de Grace, MD
- Larry A. Stansbury, age 33 of Edgewood, MD
"These players were not street level dealers, but wholesalers who were dealing in large quantities of marijuana straight from Mexico via Arizona to Harford County. While this has not eradicated drugs in Harford County, it has certainly put a dent in it," stated Lieutenant Lee Dunbar of the Harford County Sheriff's Office and Harford County Drug Task Force.
The Harford County Task Force, consisting of Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, Harford County States Attorney's Office, Aberdeen Police Department, and Havre de Grace Police Department was formed to focus on the larger and more complex narcotic and vice investigations that take place throughout the county. This task force conducts criminal investigations, targets high-level drug traffickers, importers, and money laundering organizations. With the help of both concerned citizens and narcotic users, the Harford County Task force attempts to seek out and limit the illegal flow of narcotics in Harford County MD.
"Since its inception in 1988, the Harford County Task Force has been instrumental in combating narcotics violations in Harford County. The task force concept of collaborating with municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies is extremely vital to successfully identifying, investigating and apprehending narcotics distributors," stated Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane. Not restricted to county boundaries, the Harford County Task Force along with the aid and assistance of Local, County, State and Federal authorities investigate all leads of narcotic activity wherever the direction points. The Harford County Task Force relies heavily on concerned citizens and all members of the community, to supply them with the necessary information to control illegal activity. Anyone with this type of information is encouraged to contact the Harford County Task Force Tip line 410-836-7788 or submit a tip on the Harford County Sheriff's Office Web Site – www.harfordsheriff.org/wanted/.