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Ten County 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.

Ten Anne Arundel County 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 bank accounts have been seized totalling 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. 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 investigation started when Frederick Thomas 31, of Glen Burnie, was in a car accident on Route 100 at Quarterfield Road in Anne Arundel County on Jan. 7, officials said. 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, according to authorities.

The indictment alleges 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 alleges 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 handbags and hire young women to fly these bags from Baltimore Washington International Airport to California as payment for the shipments.

According to the affidavits, Dayi then supplied the marijuana to Scott Russell Segal, 31, of Glen Burnie. Segal is accused of being Dayi's wholesale distributor for Anne Arundel County and maintaining a stash house off Interstate 97.

The organization also allegedly established an eBay online auction 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.

The indictment seeks a judgment of at least $10 million and the forfeiture of eight properties, 22 bank account and 24 vehicles, according to the release.

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.

  1. Kerem Dayi, 40, of Gambrills
  2. Robert Randall Glickman, 61 , of Dallas
  3. Scott Russell Segal, 31, of Glen Burnie and Hanover
  4. Gabriel Gonzalez, 26,
  5. Gokahn Bergal, 29, of Clifton, NJ
  6. Steven Neil Madden, 43, of Randallstown
  7. Martin Dandy, 31, of Arnold
  8. Patrick Russo, 39 , of Fairfield, NJ
  9. Ryan Burton Wheeler, 32, of Annapolis
  10. Anthony Caesar Santoiemma, 43, of Annapolis
  11. Anthony Evans Owings Seen, 26, of Glen Burnie
  12. Christopher John Garner, 41, of Hanover
  13. Frederick Blair Thomas, 31, of Glen Burnie
  14. Sae Hyong Hwang, 33, of Odenton
  15. Charles Michael Thomson, 62, of Savage Minnesota.
  16. Alexandros Lineberry, 36, of Arnold
  17. Jeffrey Dennis Small, 32, of Annapolis
  18. 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 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.

I Refuse January 16, 2013 at 04:30 PM
How sad, 3 of those listed I graduated high school with. One in particular has a wife and 2 innocent children at home now in jeopardy because of his irresponsible lifestyle.
summer lee January 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM
WOW... Now they lose there home,cars and money in there accounts...Ok I know selling drugs isnt right but why would you put someone in jail for life when someone can kill someone and be out walking the streets with in years. Something is wrong with this picture when you serve more time for dealing then murder. I know someone that has been busted time and time again and has NEVER lost anything. He keep his car his home and his money and has never spent more them 1 night in jail and he is still dealing...but he walks everytime he get caught!! I know drugs are bad but people choose to buy but people dont choose to be murdered.
Livefree January 18, 2013 at 02:39 AM
i totally agree with Summer Lee...i am not a punishment is not in store, but life, or even 20 years when, like you said, manslaughter, rape, accomplices to gun and other violent deadly acts get away with less than life...the justice system really needs to go back and look at their Lady of Justice and use the fundamental root of what FAIR really is.
Whatruthinking January 18, 2013 at 06:05 PM
I just read where this guy was sentenced today in court for hitting and killing a young women and the judge gave him the max which was a year in jail and his lawyer ask not to aloud this to happen because of him immigration status and he would be sent back and he has a wife and 3 children here...HELLO HE KILLED someone while drinking a driving and even was caught speeding after this happened and still only got a year in which he will be out in half the time...so tell me what is wrong with this picture....good thing he wasn't selling drugs or he would of gotten life!! Got to love the State Of Maryland!!
J.Simons January 20, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Dont do the crime if you cant do the time
Albert Kirchner January 20, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Maybe the problem is that we are too lenient on murder and manslaughter...?

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