Narcotics detectives arrest two men on cocaine charges at village center


Howard County narcotics detectives arrested two men in connection with a crack cocaine purchase at Harper's Choice Village Center on Monday afternoon, police said.

About 1: 30 p.m., police saw one man sell drugs to another and arrested the pair, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, spokesman for the county police.

Investigators were staking out the area, acting on a tip from Officer Mark Richmond, the department's high school liaison, Carroll said.

"It's part of our targeted effort to rid that area of street-level drug dealing," he said.

Police said Ronald King Smith, 18, of the 15000 block of Riding Stable Road in Laurel was charged with distribution and possession of crack cocaine, and Mark Eugene Wise, 28, of the 5400 block of Cedar Lane in Columbia was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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