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Suspected rivals in Frederick drug trade arrested

February 15, 1998

From staff and wire reports

FREDERICK, Md. - Police have arrested suspected rivals in Frederick's drug trade - one in Baltimore and the other in a Frederick apartment.

One was arrested with more than a pound of cocaine in his car and home. The other told police he supplied Frederick customers with as much as 100 pounds of the drug last year alone.

Both men were being held without bail Saturday at the Frederick County Detention Center after separate arrests that could put a big dent in the western Maryland city's drug trade.

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''It will have a significant impact on the cocaine trade for a while. Ultimately, someone else will take their place, unfortunately, but we'll keep plugging away,'' Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said.

Errol M. Lindo, 34, and Victor J. Bowman, 32, were rivals who supplied mid-level dealers in Frederick with cocaine from New York, police said.

Frederick was Bowman's only delivery point, he told state police after his arrest Wednesday in Baltimore County.

Police said they seized a kilo, or 2.2 pounds, of cocaine from the trunk of Bowman's Toyota Camry. The Baltimore County resident told police he had supplied Frederick customers last year with 40 to 50 kilos of cocaine, worth between $8-$10 million, investigators said.

Assistant Frederick County State's Attorney Nanci O'Brien said Bowman was on parole. He was released in 1993 from home detention after serving five years of a 15-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the Maryland Division of Correction.

Both men are charged with cocaine distribution, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Lindo, a Jamaican citizen living in Frederick, was indicted by a Frederick County grand jury Feb. 6. Authorities said he was in the country illegally and has served time in New York for manslaughter.

When Lindo was arrested last week, police found 9.5 ounces of cocaine in his possession, and 10.5 ounces at his Frederick apartment, Rolle said.

He said the New York-Frederick drug connection may reflect higher profit margins on crack cocaine sales in smaller cities, where dealers face fewer competitors, Rolle said.

''You can buy a rock in New York for $3,'' Rolle said. ''But it's still $20 here.''

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