3 Annnapolis Residents Charged in Multi-State Drug Bust
Authorities said money was sewn into handbags and flown with women across the country as payment for drug shipments.
Three Annapolis residents have been charged in connection with the operation of a large, multi-state, drug trafficking organization that spanned from Maryland to California.
“The Drug Enforcement Administration, working in partnership with both federal and local law enforcement, including the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, are bringing to justice 18 members of a narcotic trafficking organization operating throughout the United States,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Brisolari of DEA’s Washington Division in a press release. “As a result of this investigation numerous properties, vehicles and banks accounts have been seized totaling millions of dollars.”
The complaint was filed on Monday, but was unsealed on Tuesday along with indictments after the execution of search warrants at 17 residences and businesses in Maryland, five in New Jersey and one in California.
Approximately 250 law enforcement agents participated in the execution of the search and arrest warrants on Tuesday, according to the release. Ten people were arrested in Anne Arundel County and at least 30 vehicles, 60 pounds of marijuana, $300,000 in cash and 35 firearms were seized.
Officials also arrested two other Marylanders, two men from New Jersey, a man from Texas and a man from Minnesota.
The indictment seeks a judgement of at least $10 million and the forfeiture of 22 bank account, 24 vehicles and eight properties—two of which are in Annapolis.
One house is on the 500 block of Royal Street and the other is on the 600 block of Genessee Street.
The investigation started on Jan. 7 when Frederick Thomas 31, of Glen Burnie, was in a car accident on Route 100 at Quarterfield Road in Anne Arundel County.
Anne Arundel County Police officers reportedly discovered a shrink-wrapped package with 590 grams of marijuana, a money counting machine, a tally sheet and 126 bank money bands for $2,000 inside Thomas' car.
The indictment alleged that the county police and federal agents began to investigate and reportedly learned that Kerem Dayi, 40, of Gambrills, was the leader of a multi-state drug trafficking ring dealing primarily in marijuana, but also dealing in cocaine, steroids and diverted pharmaceuticals.
Dayi is accused of using contacts in California and New Jersey to ship at least 20 pounds of marijuana and to drive between 50 to 400 pounds into Maryland on a regular basis.
The indictment alleged that he used houses rented and managed by members of his organization to move the drugs and money between Maryland, California, Ohio and New Jersey.
Anthony Caesar Santoiemma, 43, of Annapolis, is accused of being one of those members. According to the indictment, Santoiemma would sew money into the handbags and hire young women to fly these bags from Baltimore Washington International Airport to California as payment for the shipments.
The affidavits alleged that Ryan Burton Wheeler, 32, of Annapolis was Dayi's wholesale cocaine customer.
The organization also allegedly established an EBay business named Krush, NYC, LLC, to use as a front for marijuana distribution and to launder money.
Krush sold liquidated shoes, clothing and accessories on EBay from a warehouse in Jessup. The warehouse was also allegedly used to distribute marijuana.
Below is a list of all those charged on Tuesday.
The first 15 people on the list have been charged by indictment with conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, and all of these defendants except Charles Thomson are also charged with conspiring to launder the drug proceeds.
The final three defendants on the list are charged by complaint with marijuana conspiracy.
- Kerem Dayi, 40, of Gambrills
- Robert Randall Glickman, 61 , of Dallas
- Scott Russell Segal, 31, of Glen Burnie and Hanover
- Gabriel Gonzalez, 26,
- Gokahn Bergal, 29, of Clifton, NJ
- Steven Neil Madden, 43, of Randallstown
- Martin Dandy, 31, of Arnold
- Patrick Russo, 39 , of Fairfield, NJ
- Ryan Burton Wheeler, 32, of Annapolis
- Anthony Caesar Santoiemma, 43, of Annapolis
- Anthony Evans Owings Seen, 26, of Glen Burnie
- Christopher John Garner, 41, of Hanover
- Frederick Blair Thomas, 31, of Glen Burnie
- Sae Hyong Hwang, 33, of Odenton
- Charles Michael Thomson, 62, of Savage Minnesota.
- Alexandros Lineberry, 36, of Arnold
- Jeffrey Dennis Small, 32, of Annapolis
- Donald Goodman, 63, of Baltimore
All of the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison for the drug conspiracy, and the 14 defendants charged in the indictment with the money laundering conspiracy face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Initial appearances of the defendants arrested in Maryland began at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.