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Police arrest 10, seize cash, guns and drugs

March 24, 2000

Police arrested 10 people and siezed more than $100,000 in cash, five handguns, four vehicles, half a pound of marijuana and three kilograms of crack cocaine Thursday, the culmination of a five-month drug investigation involving the U.S. Department of Justice and local law enforcement.

More than 50 officers executed search and seizure warrants at 11 locations in Hagerstown and two in Baltimore, according to United States Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia in Baltimore.

The names of those arrested were withheld, as were the locations they were taken into custody.

The investigation headed by the Drug Enforcement Agency's Washington Field Division Mobile Enforcement Team targeted crack cocaine trafficking in Hagerstown.

Hagerstown City Police and its Street Crimes Unit, Washington County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police participated in the investigation along with Baltimore city and county police.

"We got some key players off the streets," Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades said.

He said he is hopeful the large-scale investigation will have an impact in reducing the area's drug trade.

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"I pray that it made a dent in things," he said. "We'll just have to wait and see over time."

- Kimberly Yakowski

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