Warrants, arrests

As a result of this investigation, detectives executed 28 search and seizure warrants, which resulted in additional arrests.

Several cases have been adjudicated while others are in various stages of prosecution. Among those arrested were:

• Terry Head, 33, of the 1700 block of Melwood Court in Edgewood, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs other than marijuana;

• Goutumm Jayant Karapurkar, 25, and Brian David Bell, 26, both of the first block of Oak Grove Drive in Middle River, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, importing drugs into the state and marijuana possession;

• Bryan George Showalter, 25, of the 1500 block of Bentley Circle in Bel Air and the 800 block of West McArthur Boulevard in Emeryville, Calif., charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, importing drugs into the state and marijuana possession;

• William Riggin Russell III, 26, Showalter's roommate in California, of the 800 block of West McArthur Boulevard in Emeryville, Calif., charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, importing drugs into the state and marijuana possession;

• Cody Adam McPherson, 21, of the 1100 block of Charles View Way in Towson, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and marijuana possession;

• Allen Olaide Fadiora, 27, of the first block of Canoga Place in Nottingham, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and marijuana possession;

• Kason Wise Allah Stephens, 35, of the 6300 block of Fairdel Avenue in Baltimore and the 200 block of Woodbine Street in Brooklyn, N.Y., charged with distributing drugs, distributing a large amount of drugs, drug possession with intent to distribute and marijuana possession;

• James Edward Bryant Jr., 39, of the 100 block of Edgewood Road in Edgewood, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs;

• Frank Henry Buck, 36, of the 5000 block of Allender Road in White Marsh, charged with narcotics possession with intent to distribute, drug possession other than marijuana, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction and other firearms charges;

• William Marshall Edwards, 33, of the 100 block of Doncaster Road in Joppa, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute drugs, marijuana possession and use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime;

• Adrian Lamar Goodwin, 26, of the 4800 block of Limestone Court in Aberdeen, charged with narcotics possession with intent to distribute, drug possession other than marijuana, drug possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession and use of a firearm in drug distribution;

• Reinaldo Rodriguez Jr., 37, of the 400 block of Kentmore Terrace in Abingdon, whose indictment is pending in Harford County Circuit Court;

• Dwight Narcis, 35, of the 600 block of Possom Trot Way in Aberdeen, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, marijuana possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs; and

• Anthony Rashaw Brooks, 33, of the 400 block of Village Drive in Havre de Grace, charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and marijuana possession.

In addition to members of the Harford County Task Force, the DEA's Oakland California Division, Baltimore County Police and Baltimore County's Office of the State's Attorney assisted in the investigation.

Wide ranging operation

Dunbar said more arrests likely could have been made, given the number of people buying the drugs.

"This was hitting the street in Harford County, whether it's young people in school or adults, it's one of the most abused drugs out there next to alcohol," Dunbar said. "I feel like we made a significant impact...it's 140 pounds we took off the street plus what they're not bringing in now."

"People are willing to take the risk to make tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars," he said. "We will remain vigilant at the task force and do what we've got to do to get the job done."

"Drug operations know no boundaries," Sheriff Jesse Bane said in the news release, congratulating the task force on the arrests. "Successful cases depend on good investigative work and strong law enforcement partnerships working together. The Task Force demonstrated these attributes and in doing so these detectives took down yet another drug organization working in Harford County."

Bane also recognized citizen involvement.

"Drug investigations typically begin because someone has the wherewithal to make a call and give us a tip," he said. "Not all tips work out and as frustrating as the wait is for our citizens [and the police] it may take months for that one tip to pay off. But in this case it did."

A lone tip in 2010 and a second in 2012 linked two vital pieces of this investigation, Bane noted.

"Cases like this demonstrate the power of citizen involvement and how one phone call can help to effectively dismantle a drug operation," he said.