- The Enterprise
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A Lexington Park man awaiting sentencing in a federal cocaine conspiracy case was arrested Friday in a raid that prosecutors allege found $11,000 in his bedroom and about eight small plastic bags of crack cocaine in his basement, along with customers waiting to use the drug.
St. Mary’s narcotics detectives filed charging papers stating that a knife and measuring cup with suspected cocaine residue also were found in a microwave oven at Marcus Tyrek Chase’s home off Hermanville Road, and that both items were used to process and prepare crack cocaine.
A St. Mary’s court commissioner ordered Friday that Chase be held in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, reduced by a judge on Monday to a requirement that 10 percent of a $2,500 bond be posted before Chase’s pretrial release.
Federal prosecutors requested Friday that Chase’s home detention granted in U.S. District Court last summer be revoked, and that he be put back into federal custody until his sentencing next May from a guilty plea to conspiring to possess and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 10 ounces or more of crack cocaine. The charges stemmed from a scheme between November 2010 and last July, court papers state, to smuggle cocaine from Maryland, Georgia and Florida into St. Mary’s, to be distributed by Chase and other suspects indicted in the federal investigation.
St. Mary’s law officers charged Chase on Friday with the possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and four other people at the residence also were charged with misdemeanor drug offenses. Sharia Natalia Buck, 24, of Lusby was charged with the possession of marijuana and released on personal recognizance. Lisa Marie Tippett, 46, of Lexington Park was charged with drug and paraphernalia possession offenses and was released on $3,000 bond. Jeffery G. Burch, 37, and James A. Illenburger, 45, both of Lusby, were charged with drug and paraphernalia possession offenses and have been released on personal recognizance.