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 Wednesday night.

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

Inside the apartment, the officers and detectives found 5 grams of marijuana, trace amounts of crack cocaine, smoking pipes and rolling papers, police 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; Burton Dewayne Davidson, 35, Meredith Leigh Exum, 23, and Christopher Michael Kelly, 22, all of of the 3700 block of St. Paul Street; and Gengee Bruno Sanchez, 27, of the 3500 block of Courthouse Drive.

Each was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and each could fact 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 that he will have to pay that amount if 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 drug 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 by knocking on the door, announcing their presence and being admitted by someone inside.

"There was no forced entry," Sergeant Keller said.

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