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UPDATE: Police Bust Cocaine Distribution Ring In Queen Anne's Co

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37-year-old Adrian "Slick" Reed, of Chestertown 37-year-old Adrian "Slick" Reed, of Chestertown
37-year-old Baraka "Rock" Chauka, of Barclay 37-year-old Baraka "Rock" Chauka, of Barclay
40-year-old Carlos "Cain" Cain, of Centreville 40-year-old Carlos "Cain" Cain, of Centreville

CENTREVILLE, Md. - Police say they have made a series of arrests in connection to the distribution of cocaine on the Eastern Shore.

Maryland State Police say a combined effort from local, state, and federal law enforcement has lead to the arrest of two dozen suspects, including three they say are the heads of the operation.

Adrian "Slick" Reed, 37, of Chestertown was arrested on May 12th and charged on a 35-count indictment of drug related charges including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to distribute cocaine, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to manufacture cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond.

Baraka "Rock" Chauka, 37, of Barclay was arrested on May 19th and charged on a multiple count indictment on drug offences, including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

The third leader, who was arrested on May 8th, is 40-year-old Carlos "Cain" Cain, of Centreville. He was charged on an indictment with conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to possess cocaine, and conspiring to distribute cocaine, and is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

"This is one of the larger busts that we have seen, but we do know that this a nationwide issue," said Queen Anne's County sheriff Gary Hofmann. "This is definitely not over yet. There are going to be more names released, more persons arrested."

All the arrests stem from a six month long investigation, that started in fall 2013. The Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force, the Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, and the Queen Anne's County State's Attorney's Office, with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, says they started looking into a cocaine distribution ring in Queen Anne's County, and learned that these three suspects were importing large amounts of both powder and crack cocaine from Delaware and Pennsylvania, into the county.

Police say within two months, the three imported and distributed more than three pounds of cocaine. The three apparently used a network of distributors to sell the drugs in Queen Anne's, Kent, and Caroline Counties.

Police say during the investigation, they served 18 search warrants in Maryland, and two in Delaware, and felony indictments on 11 other people, along with six on-view felony arrests, and four on-view misdemeanor arrests.

According to the report, authorities recovered more than $14,000 in drug related money, eight vehicles believed to be involved the drug operation, along with various amounts of marijuana, powdered and crack cocaine, and heroin.

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