Westminster police have arrested 10 people and are searching for 12 more in a two-month drug investigation in the city.
Some of those arrested were charged with selling drugs to a newly hired undercover officer. Chief Sam Leppo credited the officer, who was not identified because he is still working undercover, and Detective Sgts. Wayne Mann and Andy McKendrick with helping to rid the city of LSD, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.
Chief Leppo said those arrested are not part of a drug ring, but rather individuals selling the drugs. The arrests were coordinated by the police and the state's attorney's office, he said.
Seven people, including two juveniles, were arrested Thursday night, and the other three were arrested in September. All of the drugs were purchased in Westminster, police said.
Officers charged Tyrone Eugene Brown, 35, of the first block of Sullivan Ave., with three counts of distributing crack cocaine to a police officer on Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Three members of one family are being held in lieu of $10,000 bail each at the Detention Center. They were identified as Carl Joseph Ott Jr., 18, of the first block of Carroll St., who is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of paraphernalia; his father, Carl Joseph Ott Sr., 38, of the same address, who was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine to a police officer; and Charles Robert Ott, 41, of the 100 block of Lincoln Road was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine to a police officer.
Shayne Richard Thomas, 18, of the 4300 block of Black Rock Road, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Two boys, one 13 and one 15, were charged with possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia. The 13-year-old was being held at the Waxter Juvenile Center. The older boy was released to his custodian.
April Noel Blaney, 18, of New Windsor and a female juvenile were arrested Sept. 14 and charged with possession of marijuana. Both were released.
ZTC Joseph Eugene Jirsa III, 18, of Guadelupe Drive was charged with possession of LSD and marijuana and two counts of possession of paraphernalia after a man was observed selling LSD in a restroom at Cranberry Mall. Mr. Jirsa was arrested on the mall parking lot. His bail was set at $20,000, and he was later released on bail.