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Aberdeen man accused of selling cocaine near Hall's Cross Roads Elementary

An Aberdeen man has been arrested and ordered to be held without bail for allegedly trying to sell cocaine near Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School in Aberdeen.

Michael D. Wade, 31, of the 100 block of New County Road, was charged last Friday with possessing drugs with intent to distribute, possessing a drug other than marijuana and possessing drugs with intent to distribute on school property.

The Aberdeen Police Department SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) unit broke down a door at 6:09 a.m. on a search and seizure warrant, finding two people, one of whom was Wade, inside a bedroom, according to the statement of charges.

The residents allegedly refused to open the bedroom door and the SWAT team used a battering ram to open it, according to the statement.

Detectives then found 13 grams of a substance identified as crack cocaine in two plastic bags in their closet. Plastic sandwich bags, a birth certificate, $500 and a cell phone were also found and investigated, according to the statement of charges.

Also, Wade "possessed a sufficient amount of cocaine to indicate intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet from [Hall's Cross Roads] Elementary School," according to the statement of charges.

The statement identified Wade's residence as "far less than 1,000 feet from the school property."

During a bail review hearing Monday in Bel Air, Harford County District Court Judge Victor Butanis agreed with an assistant state's attorney's suggestion that Wade be held without bail.

Butanis noted Wade has three prior convictions for possessing and distributing drugs.

Public defender Bruce Andres said Wade lives with his girlfriend and two children and had worked for a temp agency but is not working.

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