Showing posts with label eastern shore drug bust. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eastern shore drug bust. Show all posts

Saturday, March 27, 2010


An Eastern Shore auto shop owner and his "right-hand man" were arrested this week on federal charges of leading a large-scale cocaine and marijuana distribution ring, the DEA said.

Harry Byrd West, also known as "Kojak," and an associate, Terrance Durell Price, were responsible for distributing multiple pounds of cocaine, crack and marijuana throughout the Eastern Shore, according to the DEA. The investigation began when an informant told authorities that West was traveling to Florida, North Carolina and Delaware to obtain drugs, according to a court affidavit filed by DEA special agent Jack Faddis Jr. The investigation has been going on for about a year. The informant told agents that Price and West cooked cocaine into crack from West's auto shop, AA Auto, in Cheriton, the affidavit says. The informant began making DEA-controlled drug purchases from the pair, and the transactions were captured on video and audio tape.

The DEA arranged multiple drug purchases from Price and West using different informants. The DEA said it also learned West was dealing drugs from a trailer in Capeville and a house in Machipongo. Another informant told agents West has been dealing for at least 10 years, the DEA said.

West made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Thursday and will return Monday for a bond hearing. Price is expected to be brought to court next week.