Detectives who started on a drug raid at a Milford Mill home Tuesday afternoon wound up finding several hundred quarter-sticks of dynamite and seven stolen luxury cars, state police said.
They also arrested Mayson Leak Jr., 46, the owner of the home, in the 4000 block of Bedford Road.
Police became interested in the house after the arrest of two Baltimore men -- Mr. Leak's son, 30-year-old Mayson Leak III, and 21-year-old Dana Andre Richardson -- by the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport Interdiction Unit. They were charged with carrying more than four pounds of cocaine through the airport recently.
"We were doing a follow-up on the two men's addresses," said Sgt. Kevin Welkner of the drug interdiction unit. "We weren't expecting to find the cars. The search warrant was for drugs. But when we came across the cars in the back yard, we called in the Maryland State Police's auto theft unit."
The auto theft unit identified seven luxury cars -- three Lexuses, two Acura Legends, a Volvo and a Jeep Cherokee -- worth an estimated $255,000, said Detective Sgt. James Wright, the unit's supervisor. The cars had been reported stolen in Baltimore and in Baltimore and Prince George's counties.
The state fire marshal's bomb squad carted off several hundred quarter-sticks of dynamite detectives found in the back yard and house, Sergeant Welkner said.
"We have no idea what they were planning to use it for," he said. "But there sure was a lot of dynamite. We weren't sure exactly how much because they were in bags."
Mayson Leak Jr. is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail on 14 charges.
The investigation is continuing, Sergeant Wright said, "with the expectation of additional culprits."