DJ arrested on drug charges before spinning first record


A Baltimore disc jockey was arrested on cocaine distribution charges before he got a chance to spin his first record at a Westminster party Friday.

Investigators with the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force arrested Craig Long, 23, at 9:15 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster. He was being held yesterday without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Officers reported finding a half-ounce of crack in 32 baggies in Mr. Long's jacket. The drug had a street value of $8,000, police said.

Police said that they suspect Mr. Long had been dealing drugs at his frequent Carroll County gigs.

Mr. Long of the 5600 block of Haddon Ave. also was charged with possessing cocaine and possessing drug paraphernalia.

He had also been arrested in Westminster on Jan. 29 and charged with cocaine possession.

At that time, investigators seized his 1989 Nissan pending forfeiture. He was later released on $50,000 bond, police said.

And during a March 5 search and seizure, investigators said, Mr. Long had 18 baggies of crack cocaine and $1,000 in cash at a party at Charles and Center streets in Westminster.

He eluded arresting officers that night and is charged with battery and obstruction, police said.

Police said that they had planned to arrest Mr. Long in Baltimore but that his booking for Friday's party saved them the trip.

"He came back here and made it easy for us," said Sgt. John Burton of the task force.

After Friday's arrest, members of the task force, armed with a warrant, searched Mr. Long's home and found a loaded 9mm pistol.

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