A 21-year-old man accused of leading a drug ring in the Salisbury area that dealt primarily in the hallucinogenic LSD was charged yesterday under the state's drug kingpin statute, which carries a mandatory 25-year prison term for a conviction.
Benjamin Madarang and four others were arrested earlier in the week and 118,000 doses of LSD were seized in a series of raids in the Salisbury area that culminated a six-month undercover operation.
Mr. Madarang was being held without bail in the Wicomico County Jail. He faces at least 18 drug-related charges, including conspiracy, selling drugs near a school and possession of illicit drugs with intent to distribute.
Stacey Green, 19, described by authorities as Mr. Madarang's girlfriend, was charged with various drug offenses, including distribution. She was held at the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Cole Anderson, 22, and Alec Garvey, 25, were charged with being members of the alleged ring. Mr. Anderson was released after posting a $5,000 bond. Mr. Garvey was being held in lieu of $150,000 bond. A 17-year-old female high school student also was arrested and turned over to juvenile authorities.
Police said marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, $11,000 in cash, four cars and a handgun also were seized.