Prosecutors dropped cocaine distribution charges against a Nigerian man arrested during a drug raid last week, but they're sure he won't be on the streets of Westminster any time soon.
Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III dropped drug possession and distribution charges Monday against Andrew F. Taylor shortly before turning him over to Immigration and Naturalization Service officers for deportation. Mr. Walker said he was on a flight out of the country yesterday.
"We would have tried to put him in jail for as long as possible," Mr. Walker said. "But, this way, we don't have the expense of a trial, and he won't be walking among Carroll County society again for a long time."
Mr. Taylor, 31, who gave a Brooklyn, N.Y., address to Westminster police, was arrested during a raid Wednesday night in the first block of Charles Street. He was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken before a District Court commissioner, who set bail at $100,000.
Also arrested during the raid was Timothy Tyrone Costley, 31, of Westminster, who was charged with possession of cocaine and paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance, according to District Court documents.
Police said they confiscated 52 vials of crack cocaine with a street value of almost $3,000.
According to court records, Mr. Taylor entered the United States Jan. 29 using forged travel documents, including a falsified student visa. Prosecutors learned that Mr. Taylor was in the country illegally, court records say, when the INS told them he was eligible for immediate deportation.