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Four Md. residents arrested in drug sting

January 06, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Four Maryland residents were arrested on drug charges Thursday after Charles Town police allege they participated in the trade of firearms for crack cocaine, according to a press release.

The Charles Town Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating Torray James Sr., aka "Ray Ray," in November 2006 after a confidential police informant alleged James discussed buying and selling crack cocaine, according to the release.

The investigation, which police allege included two prior undercover drug deals with James, culminated Thursday when police said James and others met with an undercover police officer to trade crack cocaine for firearms.

James, 41, of 410 Gurard St. in Gaithersburg, Md., was charged with three counts of crack cocaine distribution, according to the release. James sold $800 worth of crack cocaine and arranged through an undercover police officer to trade more crack cocaine for firearms, according to the release.

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In a separate alleged Dec. 20 deal, police allege James sold $654 worth of crack cocaine to a confidential police informant and undercover police officer.

One of the men who police allege accompanied James in the Thursday exchange and in a Dec. 13 alleged drug deal, Torray Robert James, 20, of 8510 Heatherwick Drive in Brandywine, Md., is charged with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, according to the release.

Police alleged Torray James Sr. and Torray Robert James sold $325 worth of crack cocaine to a confidential police informant and undercover police officer on Dec. 13.

A third man who police allege was involved in the Thursday trade, Rachad Eugene Mitchell, 19, of 4910 Welding Way in Oxon Hill, Md., was charged with one count of distribution of crack cocaine, according to the release.

Lauren Renee Bolden, 24, of 12419 Lusbys Lane in Brandywine, Md., was charged with accessory before the fact in the distribution of crack cocaine, according to the release.

Police allege Bolden accompanied the men and knew the transaction was going to happen.

All of the alleged drug deals occurred in Charles Town.

Charles Town Police Department Chief Barry Subelsky credited the cooperation among his department, the federal agency, the Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service with the Thursday outcome.

"To me, this is the way we're going to attack things around here," Subelsky said. "It's a great partnership when you work together."

An Eastern Regional Jail spokeswoman said Friday that Torray James Sr. was being held at the jail on $150,000 bond, Torray Robert James was being held on $100,000 bond and Mitchell was being held on $50,000 bond. Bolden was not listed as an inmate at the jail, the spokeswoman said.

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