'Noted gang member' charged in Harford with importing drugs

A North Carolina man and alleged gang member in New Jersey was arrested near Havre de Grace Wednesday and charged with bringing a large amount of drugs into the state.

Seized in what the Harford County Sheriff's Office said was a traffic stop conducted as part of a safety initiative were powdered cocaine, heroin and marijuana, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Shareef D. Fed, 30, of the 1000 block of Burchette Road in Manson, N.C., was charged Wednesday with importing drugs into the state, possessing a large amount of drugs, possessing drugs with intent to distribute and possessing a drug other than marijuana after being pulled over on I-95, just south of the Route 155 exit, for allegedly driving with a suspended out-of-state license.

Fed is a "noted gang member" in New Jersey, with 21 prior arrests and 16 convictions, including numerous drug-related arrests, an assistant state's attorney said during a bail review Thursday.

Harford County District Court Judge Lawrence Lanahan Jr., ordered him to be held on $500,000 bond. He said Fed could be sent to jail for up to 25 years.

Public defender Lynne McChrystal said he was married with five children, had a General Educational Development diploma, attended college for cosmetology and works at a barber shop.

Fed told Lanahan he wants to go home to support his five children and his wife, who has serious medical problems.

Lanahan replied that "unfortunately" Fed has an extensive rap sheet and is facing serious charges – "something to think about."

In a news release issued Friday morning, the Sheriff's Office said Fed was arrested by deputies conducting a traffic initiative on I-95 in conjunction with the Harford County Traffic Safety Task Force.

The deputies stopped a black, 2001 Chevy Tahoe with North Carolina tags traveling south near the Route 155 exit in Havre de Grace.

According to the release, a K-9 scan by Maryland State Police resulted in a positive alert for the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. A search of the car recovered .4 grams of powdered cocaine, 44 grams of marijuana and one cellophane wrapped block of heroin containing 400 individual bags of heroin packaged for street sale, the Sheriff's Office said. An additional 24 individually wrapped bags of heroin were also recovered, a total weight of 118 grams of heroin.

The total street value of the drugs is approximately $4,900, the Sheriff's Office said.

Police also arrested Fed's passenger, Anjeanette Monroig-Barrett, 31, and charged her with possession of marijuana. Monroig-Barrett, also of the 1000 block of Burchette Road in Manson, N.C., has since been released on $5,000 bond, the Sheriff's Office said.

Fed continued to be jailed at the Harford County Detention Center on Friday morning, according to court records.

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