Nine people, including a juvenile, were arrested on drug charges Thursday night after members of the Sheriff's Drug Strike Force raided a Manchester home and seized suspected marijuana and Ketamine, a liquid animal tranquilizer.
Deputies said suspected Ketamine, known as "Special K" and not often seen in Maryland, was being boiled down to powder form on a kitchen stove when they arrived.
The eight adults were being held Friday night at the Carroll County Detention Center, Sheriff John H. Brown said.
Strike force members, who were assisted by Manchester police, entered the residence in the 3100 block of Main St. about 10:15 p.m. They reported seizing 13 bags of powder believed to be Ketamine, three bottles of suspected Ketamine liquid, an unspecified quantity of suspected marijuana, bong pipes and $256.
"Ketamine is used by veterinarians to treat the big cats, such as lions and tigers," Sheriff Brown said.
The sheriff said police intelligence reports indicate that the PTC suspected Ketamine came from Chicago, where a small vial of the liquid sells for $100.
"Drug Enforcement Administration officials told us that if tests prove it is Ketamine, it will be one of the first arrests for that drug in the state," Sheriff Brown said.
The sheriff said several cases of Ketamine overdoses have been encountered recently by police in Howard County, where the drug was being used at a "rave" party.
Arrested Thursday in Manchester were Daniel Gene McLean, 19, Patrick Arthur Shuck, 20, and Michelle Renee Shuck, 18, all of the Main Street address; Gary Michael Miller, 19, of Hanover, Pa.; Mark Forrest Sowers Jr., 19, of the 1100 block of Broodmoor Court in Hampstead; Christopher P. Tinney, 22, of the first block of Carrollview Drive in Westminster; Jackie Elaine Luhn, 20, of the 11500 block of Renner Road in Keymar; and Micah Steven Shaffer, 20, of the 300 block of Buckcash Drive in Westminster.
Mr. McLean was being held on $5,000 bail. He is charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute and manufacturing of Ketamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mr. Shuck was being held on $5,000 bail. He is charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of Ketamine.
Ms. Shuck was being held on $5,000 bail. She is charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Mr. Miller was being held on $1,000 bail. He is charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute Ketamine.
Ms. Luhn and Mr. Shaffer were being held on $5,000 bail. They are charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Mr. Sowers was released after being charged with possession with intent to distribute Ketamine.
Mr. Tinney was released after being charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Information on the 17-year-old juvenile was withheld because of his age.