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Two Dozen Arrests in Maryland Cocaine Distribution Investigation

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Adrian "Slick" Reed of Chestertown, Md. Adrian "Slick" Reed of Chestertown, Md.
Baraka "Rock" Chauka of Barclay, Md. Baraka "Rock" Chauka of Barclay, Md.
Carlos Cain of Centreville, Md. Carlos Cain of Centreville, Md.
CENTREVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police say there have been two dozen arrests made in a cocaine distribution investigation on the upper Eastern Shore.

Maryland State Police say a combined local, state, and federal law enforcement partnership has led to the disruption of a cocaine distribution network operating throughout Queen Anne's, Kent and Caroline counties and the arrests of two dozen suspects.

Police believe three suspects were involved in directing the operation.

Troopers say the first suspect is identified as Adrian L. Reed, aka "Slick," 37, of the 2200-block of Pondtown Road, Chestertown, Md. Investigators say he was arrested May 12, 2014 and charged on a 35 count indictment of drug related charges including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to distribute cocaine, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to manufacture cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond.

Troopers say the second suspect is identified as Baraka Z. Chauka, aka "Rock," 37, of the 1400-block of Barclay Road, Barclay, Md. He was arrested May 19, 2014 and charged on a multiple count indictment of drug related charges including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute, according to investigators. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

Investigators say the third suspect is identified as Carlos J. Cain, aka "Cain," 40, of the 100-block of Washington Street, Centreville, Md. Troopers say he was arrested May 8, 2014 and charged on an indictment with conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to possess cocaine, and conspiring to distribute cocaine. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

State police say the more than six month investigation began in the fall of 2013 when the Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force, the Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, and the Queen Anne's County State's Attorney's Office, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, began an intense investigation of a cocaine distribution ring operating in Queen Anne's County. During the investigation, police say they learned the three suspects, listed above, were importing large amounts of powder and crack cocaine from Delaware and Pennsylvania into Queen Anne's County.

Investigators say they believe the suspects were importing and distributing more than three pounds of cocaine within a two month period and the suspects were then using a network of distributors to sell the cocaine in Queen Anne's, Kent, and Caroline counties.

During the investigation, police say they served 18 search warrants in Maryland and two in Delaware. Police say they obtained felony indictments on 14 people, including the three suspects listed above. In addition, police say they made six on-view felony arrests and four on-view misdemeanor arrests. Investigators say they recovered more than $14,000 in drug related money and eight vehicles believed to be involved in, or the fruits of, the drug operation. Police also say they recovered various amounts of marijuana, powdered and crack cocaine, and heroin.

The Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Maryland State Police, The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, the Queen Anne's County Office of the State's Attorney, the Centreville Police Department and the Maryland Natural Resources Police, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations.
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