A Havre de Grace man has been charged as a drug kingpin under Maryland law in a cross-jurisdictional investigation that included the purchase of more than 200 grams of cocaine by an undercover police officer, according to court documents.
Jeremiah Michael Finley, 37, of the 600 block of Franklin Street in Havre de Grace, is a "significant Harford and Baltimore County drug dealer," according to charging documents, "selling large amounts of cocaine to mostly middle level drug dealers."
Harford and Baltimore county police received information through confidential informants in February that Finley was involved in a drug distribution network, charging documents state.
Police followed leads from several text and call exchanges, then witnessed subsequent alleged drug deals at the Green Room in North Point, the Clarion Hotel in Aberdeen and the 7-Eleven in Belcamp, according to charging documents.
On Oct. 3, an undercover detective with the Baltimore County Police Department arranged to meet with Finley to purchase cocaine at the 7-Eleven in Abingdon, according to charging documents.
The detective paid Finley $5,800 for 127 grams of cocaine, or an eighth of a kilogram, in a hand-to-hand drug deal, charging documents say.
Finley reportedly opened his vehicle’s hood to access the drugs, which were in a hidden compartment near the radiator.
“While the exchange was taking place, Finley began discussing how confident he is in his hidden compartment. Finley revealed the other day his ‘peoples’ used the car in Edgewood and were stopped because they fit the description of a robbery suspect. Finley went on to explain the police searched the car and missed ‘two keys,’ that his ‘peoples’ were transporting. Case investigators know that Finley is referring to his suppliers...transporting ‘two keys,’ or two kilograms (2,000 grams) of cocaine two nights prior during the felony traffic stop,” according to charging documents.
During the course of the investigation, police said that Finley sold the undercover detective 258 grams of cocaine; that officers identified 20 "underlings," or middle-level drug dealers he was directing; and "...case investigators would proffer that Jeremiah Finley is a kilogram-level distributor," according to charging documents.
Police said they found 820 grams of cocaine in a safe in Finley’s room, a Glock 22, .38 special, Ruger 9 mm, 22-caliber revolver and $2,996 in cash, after obtaining a warrant from Harford County District Court to search a residence associated with Finley in the 1000 block of Heaps Road in Street.
Finley was charged as a drug kingpin and for possession of firearms related to drug trafficking crimes.
Police said all of the cocaine purchased has been submitted to the D.E.A.
The maximum sentence for drug kingpin charges is 40 years and the minimum is 20 years with a $1 million fine, according to the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual.
Finley is being held at the Harford County Detention Center with bail set at $750,000.