Ellicott City drug raid results in six arrests


Howard County police arrested six people and said they seized a small amount of drugs during a raid at an apartment in historic Ellicott City on Wednesday night.

Officers and detectives from the tactical and street drug sections arrived at the apartment in the 3500 block of Mount Ida Drive at 11 p.m., police said.

Inside, the officers and detectives found 5 grams of marijuana and trace amounts of crack cocaine, police said. Smoking pipes and rolling papers also were found, they said.

The six people arrested and charged include the apartment's tenant, 46-year-old Margaret Ann Gaither.

The others, all from Ellicott City, are: Moneka Chantey Carroll, 19, of the 3600 block of Mount Ida Drive; Gengee Bruno Sanchez, 27, of the 3500 block of Courthouse Drive; and Burton Dewayne Davidson, 35, Meredith Leigh Exum, 23, and Christopher Michael Kelly, 22, all of the 3700 block of St. Paul St. Each was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and could face up to two years in prison and a $2,500 fine if convicted.

All but Mr. Davidson were released on their own recognizance. Mr. Davidson was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, meaning he will pay that amount if he fails to appear for his court proceedings.

Prompted by neighbors' concerns, police had been investigating possible drug activity at the apartment for about a month.

The department's six-member tactical unit typically enters homes during raids by breaking down doors with a 90-pound battering ram.

But Sgt. Steven Keller, spokesman for the department, said the officers entered the Ellicott City apartment after they knocked and someone inside opened the door for them.

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