25 arrested in 3-month Columbia drug probe

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County police have arrested 25 people in a three-month investigation into drug activity in the Columbia villages of Wilde Lake and Harper's Choice.

Four of the suspects are juveniles; six were charged with drug distribution; 17 live in Columbia; and all of them live in Maryland. The operation also netted several repeat offenders, including Dennis Pully, 19, of Brookway in Columbia.

According to court records, Pully pleaded guilty to marijuana possession, drug possession and second-degree assault charges in two separate cases in November as part of an apparent deal with prosecutors in which more severe drug distribution, auto theft, theft, fraud and drug possession charges -- his third -- were dropped.

According to court records, Pully was on probation until November 2009 at the time of the sting operation in February, which resulted in his fourth drug-related arrest. However, another court record shows that he was due to serve an 18-month jail sentence, and it was unclear yesterday why it had not been served.

A spokesman for the Howard County state's attorney's office said yesterday that he was working on sorting out Pulley's complex history.

In all, Pully was arrested in Howard County six times last year from May 9 to Oct. 26, according to court records. Last week, a Howard County grand jury indicted Pully in the February drug-distribution case.

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