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Man, woman charged with selling cocaine in Taylorsville

A Taneytown man and a Baltimore woman were arrested Friday in Carroll County for allegedly selling cocaine in the Taylorsville area.

Joseph Jerome Page, 38, of the unit block of Broad Street in Taneytown, and Toya Nannette Ajaegbu-McZeal, 43, of the 1000 block of W. Lexington St. in Baltimore, are both charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, distribution of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and other drug-related charges.

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Page remained held at the Carroll County Detention Center without bail after a hearing Monday morning. Ajaegbu-McZeal posted $3,000 bail on Friday and was released.

Re-Offender Prevention Enforcement (ROPE) detectives began surveillance of a silver Honda Pilot known to be associated with Page around noon Friday. The vehicle entered the parking lot near the intersection of Md. 27 and Md. 26 in Taylorsville shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, parking in the far end, according to charging documents for Page filed in Carroll County District Court. Moments later, a black Ford F-150 entered the parking lot and parked next to the Pilot.

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A man who exited the F-150 and approached the passenger side of the Pilot appeared to exchange cash for "items consistent with packaged [controlled dangerous substance]," according to the charging documents.

Detectives were able to identify Page as the driver of the vehicle, according to the documents. Ajaegbu-McZeal was later identified as the passenger, according to the documents.

Police followed both vehicles after they left the parking lot. The F-150 was stopped in the 6300 block of Old Washington Road in Sykesville, and police found three knotted plastic baggie corners containing white powder identified as cocaine, according to the charging documents.

The driver told police he had just purchased the drugs from the occupants of the Honda Pilot, according to the documents.

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Detectives continued to follow the Pilot operated by Page, whose driver's license was suspended, according to a police search of Motor Vehicle Administrator records. A patrol deputy initiated a traffic stop in the area of Roop Road and Md. 26, and noticed a strong odor of marijuana as he approached the vehicle, according to the charging documents.

Police allegedly found rolling papers on Page, and a search of the vehicle allegedly turned up another baggie corner with white residue consistent with cocaine and more rolling papers, according to the documents. Police found a vial of a light brown substance identified as heroin on Ajaegbu-McZeal's person, according to the documents.

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