Prosecutors release names from drug sting

April 01, 2000

Federal prosecutors Friday released the names of 13 people indicted March 22 in connection with a major drug sting in Hagerstown.

The names of the accused had been sealed.

According to the office of U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia, the following were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base:

Titus, Thomas and Sawyer were also charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine base, authorities said.

The conspiracy spanned from November 1998 until February, according to the indictment.

The defendants are accused of bringing multiple kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride from Florida to Hagerstown and converted it into crack cocaine for sale.

The grand jury returned a separate six-count indictment against Steven John, 31, and Keith Sorillo, 40, both of Baltimore, and Shairon Cornelia, 23, and Bryant Newell, 26, both of Hagerstown.


They were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base.

Cornelia and Newell were also charged with two and three counts, respectively, of distribution of cocaine base.

The indictment alleges they moved multiple kilograms of cocaine base and/or cocaine hydrochloride from New York to Baltimore. The drugs were prepared and packaged there and sold in Hagerstown, authorities alleged.

Authorities raided three locations, seizing one kilogram of cocaine base, five handguns and approximately $10,000 cash.

The grand jury also handed down indictments against three other people.

James Henry King, 22, of Hagerstown, was indicted on two counts of distribution of cocaine base. Frank Hickman, 30, of Hagerstown, was charged with distribution of cocaine base.

Police seized one kilogram each of cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base, and approximately $90,000.

Based on the recovery of those items, authorities charged Theron Lavarian Hickman, 26, of Fort Pierce, Fla., with possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base.

The charges culminated a five-month investigation headed by the Drug Enforcement Agency with assistance from local police departments.

More than 50 officers executed search and seizure warrants at 11 locations in Hagerstown and two in Baltimore.

Titus, Jacobs, John, Sorillo, Newell, King, Theron Hickman and Frank Hickman are being held without bond until they stand trial.

Perrain was ordered to complete a 28-day in-patient drug program, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Thomas was ordered to reside at Volunteers of America, with the condition of 24-hour restriction to the facility.

A determination of the status of Ware and Sawyer will be made following their transport to Maryland, authorities said.

No information was available on the status of Cornelia.

No trial date has been set.

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