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Undercover Narcotics Investigation Results in 15 Arrests

Smuggling and Distribution Operation in Maryland had ties to California

[May 22, 2013, Harford County, MD] - A 2-year undercover investigation by the Harford County Task Force, which culminated in 2012, disrupted a Maryland smuggling operation with ties to California, and as result stemmed the flow of large quantities of marijuana coming into Harford County. The investigation has resulted in 15 arrests, and includes but is not limited to the seizure of 140 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns and 14 vehicles and over $140,000 in cash.

In 2010 the Task Force received a tip that Dwight Narcis of Aberdeen, Maryland was distributing narcotics in Harford County. Then in early 2012, detectives received a tip that Reinaldo Rodriguez was also distributing drugs. Intelligence obtained by police linked the two suspects. Initial information received determined both men were multiple pound dealers with a distribution network both in and around Harford County. On several occasions undercover officers purchased marijuana from Narcis and Rodriguez. As a result of these purchases and subsequent investigation police developed sufficient probable cause to obtain a court ordered wiretap on telephones controlled by both suspects.

Information from these wiretaps then identified William Marshall Edwards of Joppa and Allen Fadiora of Nottingham both who were dealing multiple pounds of mid-grade marijuana in Baltimore, Harford, Frederick Counties and Baltimore City. Court ordered wiretaps were authorized for their phones as well which further led to identifying Goutumm Karapurkar of Middle River, Brian David Bell of Middle River, Bryan George Showalter of Bel Air, Maryland and Emeryville California, and William Riggin Russell 3rd of Emeryville, California who were found to be smuggling multiple pounds of high grade marijuana into Maryland from California. The investigation revealed Karapurkar, Bell and Russell would fly from BWI Airport to Oakland California to meet with Showalter who was originally from Bel Air. Showalter would make arrangements with marijuana distributors in California to purchase multiple pounds of high grade marijuana. The suspects would rent two cars driving each back to Maryland where they would sell their high grade marijuana in Harford and Baltimore Counties.

In early October 2012 Karapurkar, Bell, Showalter, and Russell were transporting marijuana from California and returning to Maryland when they were interdicted by members of the Task Force at Bell's residence in Middle River and taken into custody without incident. Seized at the time of their arrest was approximately 57 pounds of marijuana located in multiple suitcases. As a result of this investigation detectives executed 28 search and seizure warrants arresting not only those listed above but seven additional suspects.

Sheriff Jesse Bane in congratulating the Task Force on a successful investigation said, "Drug operations know no boundaries", adding, "Successful cases depend on good investigative work and strong law enforcement partnerships working together. The Task Force demonstrated these attributes and in doing so these detectives took down yet another drug organization working in Harford County". The Sheriff was also quick to recognize citizen involvement. "Drug investigations typically begin because someone has the wherewithal to make a call and give us a tip. "Not all tips work out and as frustrating as the wait is for our citizens [and the police] it may take months for that one tip to pay off. But in this case it did", he said. A lone tip in 2010 and a second in 2012 linked two vital pieces of this investigation. "Cases like this demonstrate the power of citizen involvement and how one phone call can help to effectively dismantle a drug operation", the Sheriff concluded.

Those arrested in this investigation are listed below. Several cases have been adjudicated while others are in various stages of prosecution. In addition to members of the Harford County Task Force, the DEA's Oakland California Division, Baltimore County Police and Baltimore County's Office of the State's Attorney assisted in the investigation.

  1. Terry Head, 33
    1703 Melwood Court
    Edgewood, Maryland 21040
    CDS PWID / CDS Possession marijuana / Con – CDS Distribute other
  2. Goutumm Jayant Karapurkar, 25
    35 B Oak Grove Drive
    Middle River, Maryland 21220
    CDS PWID / CDS Import Into State / CDS Possession Marijuana
  3. Brian David Bell, 26
    35 B Oak Grove Drive
    Middle River, Maryland 21220
    CDS PWID / CDS Import Into State / CDS Possession Marijuana
  4. Bryan George Showalter, 25 1503 Bentley Circle
    Bel Air, Maryland 21015 - and - 845 West McArthur Blvd
    Emeryville, CA 94608
    CDS PWID / CDS Import Into State / CDS Possession Marijuana
  5. William Riggin Russell 3rd, 26
    845 West McArthur Blvd
    Emeryville, CA 94608
    CDS PWID / CDS Import Into State / CDS Possession Marijuana
  6. Cody Adam McPherson, 21
    1149 Charles View Way, Apt. C
    Towson, Maryland 21204
    CDS PWID / CDS Possession Marijuana
  7. Allen Olaide Fadiora, 27
    1 Canoga Place, Apt. 1C
    Nottingham, Maryland 21236
    CDS PWID / CDS Possession Marijuana
  8. Kason Wise Allah Stephens, 35
    6307 Fairdel Avenue Baltimore, MD 21206 - and - 273 Woodbine St., Apt. 2
    Brooklyn, NY 11221
    CDS Dist – Other / CDS Dist/Dispense Large Amount / CDS PWID / CDS Poss Marijuana
  9. James Edward Bryant Jr., 39
    108 Edgewood Road, Apt. 3
    Edgewood, Maryland 21040
    CDS PWID / CDS Possession Marijuana / Con-CDS Dist Other
  10. Frank Henry Buck, 36
    5711 Allender Road
    White Marsh, Maryland 21162
    CDS PWID Narc / CDS Poss – Not marijuana / Firearm Possess with Felony Conviction / MULTIPLE OTHER FIREARMS CHARGES
  11. William Marshall Edwards, 33
    126 Doncaster Road
    Joppa, Maryland 21085
    CDS PWID / Con-CDS Dist Other / CDS Poss Marijuana / Firearm Drug Traffic Crime
  12. Adrian Lamar Goodwin, 26
    4845 Limestone Court
    Aberdeen, Maryland 21001
    CDS PWID Narc / CDS Poss Not marijuana / CDS PWID / Poss Marijuana / CDS Dist Firearm
  13. Reinaldo Rodriguez Jr., 37
    439 Kentmore Terrace
    Abingdon, Maryland 21009
  14. Dwight Narcis, b/m, 35
    651 Possum Trot Way
    Aberdeen, Maryland 21001
    CDS PWID / CDS Poss marijuana / Con-CDS Dist Other
  15. Anthony Rashaw Brooks, 33
    421 Village Drive
    Havre De Grace, Maryland 21078
    CDS PWID / CDS Poss Marijuana

The Harford County Task Force is a highly trained, self-governing, multi-jurisdictional entity with a mission to investigate offenses in the areas of mid to upper level drug trafficking, homeland security, and vice while supporting and facilitating cooperation and coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement. The HCTF was formed in 1988 in order to better combat drug crimes by combining law enforcement assets and resources, and in an effort to erase jurisdictional boundaries that drug dealers and organizations do not have. Today the Task Force is comprised of members from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Police Department, Havre de Grace Police Department, Harford County State's Attorney's Office, DEA and the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA.

News Release

May 22, 2013

Contacts:

  • Lt. Lee Dunbar
    410-836-5468
  • Edward Hopkins
    443-619-1466

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