A 22-year-old Randallstown man pleaded guilty in Westminster Friday to drug charges, the first convictions stemming from the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force's Operation Center Court.
The undercover operation, in which two dozen people were accused of dealing and using drugs in the Westminster area, stopped three Westminster-based cocaine and heroin rings that may have had profits of more than $500,000 a year, police said after the November arrests.
As part of a plea deal, Andre Darnell Webb pleaded guilty in two cases stemming from the eight-week operation: a total of five counts of cocaine distribution and one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Prosecutors will seek penalties of 20 years in prison on each case, but Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. will not decide until May 9 whether to impose concurrent or consecutive sentences, Deputy State's Attorney Marcie S. Wogan said.
Webb was one of three people charged under Maryland's drug kingpin statute. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea deal, and he is free on $100,000 bail pending sentencing.
Authorities called the undercover operation the most sophisticated drug interdiction effort undertaken in Carroll. It involved state police, Westminster police, the FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the county drug task force.