Two state prison guards were among four people arrested over the past two weeks during drug raids that Anne Arundel County police said yesterday broke up a ring that imported marijuana from Kentucky and Texas.
Gregory Scott Hammond, 30, who had worked at the Maryland Correctional Institute for nine years, and Thomas Gary Turner, 32, who had worked there 18 months, were charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana.
Both were arrested Thursday and were released yesterday after posting a $5,000 bond.
Leonard Sipes, a spokesman for the state public safety department, said that Mr. Hammond and Mr. Turner have resigned from their positions as guards at the medium security prison in Jessup.
Mr. Sipes said that it does not appear that any drugs were distributed to prisoners, but authorities are investigating that possibility.
Officer Terry Crowe, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman, said the investigation began Aug. 4 with a tip from an informant. That led to a raid at a motel near the Baltimore City line on Aug. 20. Officers said they seized 10 pounds of marijuana and more than $5,000 in cash.
Arrested at that time were Gregory S. Hayden, 32, and Karen K. Hayden, 28, both of Paducah, Ky. They were each charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Mr. Hayden was being held yesterday at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $175,000 bond; Mrs. Hayden was being held on $100,000 bond.
On the same day they raided the motel room, officers served a search warrant at Mr. Hammond's home in the 900 block of Phylen Court in Glen Burnie. They said they seized $6,600 in cash, tally sheets indicating drug transactions, a scale, 15 large bags with marijuana residue and 1.5 ounces of marijuana.
Police said their investigation led to a third raid Thursday at Mr. Turner's fourth-floor apartment in the 1000 block of Cayer Drive in Glen Burnie.
Authorities said they recovered a small amount of marijuana and documents.
Officer Crowe said that the documents indicated a large scale drug ring that shipped marijuana from from Texas to Kentucky and finally to Maryland, where up to 50 pounds was sold a month. He said the 10-pound shipment seized in the August raid was earmarked for Glen Burnie.