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Documents detail how drug bust went down

November 08, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

Documents filed in Washington County District Court provide details about the events leading to the arrest Thursday of three men who authorities allege supplied Hagerstown and surrounding areas with cocaine.

A police chase prior to the three men's arrest Thursday afternoon resulted in a two-car accident that sent a civilian and a Drug Enforcement Agency special agent to the hospital.

According to the charging documents, Ronnie Malik Perry, 27, and Elijah Shaheed Kemp, 23, both of 1740 Edgewood Hill Circle, Apt. 204, Hagerstown, and Frederick Elbert Miles III, 46, of 701 Forest Drive, Hagerstown, worked together to bring cocaine to the area.

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Pete Mitesser, the resident agent in charge of the Hagerstown office of the DEA, said Friday the men had been bringing about one kilogram of cocaine to the area every 10 days for at least the last two years.

An investigation into their alleged activity began in March, according to the court papers. It involved agents from the DEA, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force and the Franklin County (Pa.) Drug Task Force.

According to charging documents, police applied for and received a wiretap. The first call documented was Wednesday.

Authorities learned that Miles was on his way to meet Perry in New York, and subsequently determined Miles and Perry were on their way to Hagerstown separately.

About 4 p.m. Thursday, agents learned from an intercepted call that Kemp and Perry were going to meet at the AC&T service station on Sharpsburg Pike. Kemp was believed to be in possession of a large amount of drugs.

The two met inside the store, walked to Perry's car, then left in separate vehicles. Police began following the men.

Kemp, in a gold Ford Contour with Pennsylvania tags, stalled at Prime Outlets for 20 minutes, but soon left in his car, police said in the documents. A few moments later, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Kevin Morgan pulled Kemp over on Interstate 81 just north of I-70.

When Morgan asked for his license and registration, Kemp said, "Why?" After Morgan asked a second time, Kemp drove off and the chase began, the documents state.

Kemp exited at Halfway Boulevard and turned onto Massey Boulevard near Valley Mall. DEA Special Agent Keith Kierzkowski was following in a silver Toyota sport-utility vehicle, the documents state.

Kemp stopped and jumped out of the car, running into the woods nearby. Kierzkowski swerved and began skidding, and his SUV overturned and collided with a civilian work van, police said.

Kierzkowski and Dennis W. Bryan Jr. of Hagerstown were taken to Washington County Hospital.

Police then intercepted another transmission, according to the court papers.

"Kemp told Perry that he had the money, but threw the drugs into the woods. Perry stated, 'They've got your license ... I better get to the house,'" the charging documents state. Police took that to mean the apartment on Edgewood Hill Circle.

Agents then learned that Perry had called Miles, saying he wanted to meet at the Blockbuster Video store on the Dual Highway. Agents took Miles and Perry into custody without incident about 6 p.m. in the Blockbuster parking lot, according to the court documents.

Police found approximately 20 ounces of suspected cocaine in Miles' vehicle, which Mitesser later said was a Mazda Protege, the documents state. Police also seized about $22,000 in cash from Perry's Chevrolet Tahoe.

Police found Kemp around 7 p.m. at 17412 Scarlet Oak Drive and seized another $16,000 there, according to the charging papers and police interviews.

At 1:30 a.m. Friday, police seized two semi-automatic pistols, ammunition, packaging equipment and electronic scales from the apartment on Edgewood Hill Circle, the charging papers state.

Perry is charged with one count of being a drug kingpin and one count of conspiracy to possess a large amount of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He faces a maximum of 45 years in prison if convicted.

Kemp is charged with conspiracy to possess a large amount of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and simple cocaine possession. If found guilty on all charges, Kemp faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Miles is charged with importing cocaine into Maryland, one count of possession of a large amount of cocaine with the intent to distribute and a related conspiracy charge, simple cocaine possession with the intent to distribute and simple cocaine possession.

Miles faces a maximum of 59 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Perry was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center Friday evening. Miles and Kemp were being held on $750,000 bond each. The three men are scheduled for bail review hearings Monday.

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