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Authorities seize $78K worth of cocaine, $280K in cash after Easton narcotics investigation

EASTON, Md. - The Easton Police Department says two men were arrested Friday night after an investigation by several agencies linked the two to a massive drug distribution network.

On Friday evening, officers with the Easton Police Department's Narcotics Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, and members from the Dorchester County and Baltimore County Narcotics Task Forces served search and seizure warrants at properties in Easton and Owings Mills belonging to 50-year-old Ron Lamont Pinder, formerly of Easton. Pinder and suspected associate Dondrell Lamont Banks, 43, were arrested without incident at the Easton residence on Locust Lane.

Officials say they seized more than 788 grams of powdered cocaine, a .45 caliber handgun, three vehicles and more than $280,000 in cash. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of more than $78,000. Both the Easton and Owings Mills properties may be seized as well.

Easton Police say their investigation began in late 2016, with investigators learning that Pinder was reportedly establishing a cocaine distribution network centered in Easton. Investigators linked Banks as one of Pinder's associates, officials said. Using several personally owned vehicles, Pinder reportedly transported narcotics to several distribution sites.

Pinder is charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics and multiple controlled dangerous substance charges. Banks is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute narcotics and multiple conspiracy-related controlled dangerous substance charges.

Both men have been committed to the Talbot County Detention Center without bail.


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