Gus's Deli Owner Among 14 Arrested in Drug Bust

A manager for Gus's Deli said the shop has no connection to the charges.

UPDATE (10:13 p.m.)—Matt Kolakowski, owner of  , which is across the street from , is among 14 people arrested and charged as a result of an undercover drug investigation by the .

A manager at the store said Monday that the business has no connection to the allegations, and that Kolakowski got himself into trouble loaning money to the wrong person.

More than 3,000 pills valued at about $90,000, along with cocaine, marijuana, steroids, 19 firearms, 10 vehicles and $30,000 cash were seized in the raid, which took place during an eight-hour period in Harford, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties the night of April 14 into the morning of April 15, police said.

"This has been one of the larger drug investigations ever conducted in Harford County," Sheriff Jesse Bane said at a news conference Monday.

used wiretaps and an anonymous tip to gather evidence before executing 31 court-issued search and seizure warrants. 

Of the 14 people arrested, 10 are Harford County residents, including three from Bel Air, two from Abingdon and one from Fallston.

“They were turning a substantial profit each day," Lt. Lee Dunbar said at the news conference. He added that those buying drugs from the accused ranged in age from "high school to elderly."

Dunbar would not say if any businesses were being used as cover for the operations.

“That part of the investigation is ongoing," he said.

Kolakowski, 29, of the 1900 block of Glenroths Drive in Abingdon, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, identified by police as Oxycodone.

Police said Ronnie Stocks, 33, of the 700 block of Shallow Ridge Court in Abingdon, was the "leader" of the operation. He is charged with distributing cocaine and multiple counts of distributing and conspiring to distribute Oxycodone.

Dave Anderson, a manager at Gus's, told Patch that Kolakowski is a general manager, not an owner. In a , Kolakowski and his father-in-law, Gus Verginakis, identified themselves as co-owners. The store's Web site listed Kolakowski as "owner/founder" Monday afternoon.

Anderson said he was surprised to hear of the charges against his boss and added that the business is not connected to them.

"No, sir. Not at all," the manager said while working at the store Monday. "Matt's an extremely awesome person. ... It's a misunderstanding."

Anderson said the charges are for a loan gone bad.

"My only comment would be that you have to be aware who you're loaning money to," Anderson said. "I'm just shocked at the allegations."

In a later telephone conversation with Patch, Anderson said only Verginakis's name was on all the "licenses and everything" related to owning the store.

“He was just trying to help his son-in-law out and give him a job," Anderson said. "[Gus] is trying to distance the store [from Matt]."

When told Kolakowski was listed as an "owner" and "founder" on the site, Anderson said, "I'll go change that right now."

As of 9 p.m., Kolakowski's photo had been removed from the site and his bio read, "General Manager Innocent until proven guilty…."

Anderson said Kolakowski was arrested late Thursday after attending the viewing for his wife's grandmother and has been in the Harford County Detention Center since.

In addition to Stocks and Kolakowski, the following people were charged:

Sean C. Holloway, 36, of the 5800 block of Dillon John Court in White Marsh; charged with one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine and conspiring to distribute Oxycodone.

Joseph M. Ercolano, 32, of the 2200 block of Watervale Road in Fallston; Eric M. Smith II, 34, of the 8100 block of Ridgetown Drive in Nottingham; and Gregory P. Sobieski, 25, of the 900 block of Jessica’s Lane in Bel Air; charged with two counts each of conspiring to distribute Oxycodone.

Brent S. Musgrove, 36, of the 1900 block of Perryman Road in Aberdeen; William C. Kendall, 44, of the 200 block of Bright Oaks Drive in Bel Air; Kenneth J. Darr, 36, of the 200 block of Castlestone Drive in Rosedale; Sharon Gillums, 50, of the 400 block of Oak Street in Edgewood; Taaz A. Robinson of the 100 block of Hanover Street in Aberdeen; and Curtis L. Carter of the 2200 block of Apollo Trail in Havre de Grace; charged with one count each of conspiring to distribute Oxycodone.

Wilbert Whitaker III, 24, of the 1300 block of Gateshead Drive in Bel Air; charged with distributing Oxycodone.

Ryan C. Sturm, 27, of the 8400 block of Bellona Lane in Towson; charged with possession of Oxycodone.

Dunbar said additional state and federal indictments are expected and that the investigation is ongoing.

jj April 18, 2011 at 09:13 PM
thats pretty sweet when u can get a cheesesteak and a percocet at the same store!!!!!!!!!!
Bert April 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM
these kids are awesome.....they were crap back when and they are crap now. keep up the good work fellas!!
@#$%^&*1 April 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Sam, You made my day. I have never, ever, ever posted a response in my life. You killed that. Love the dry delivery. David
Sam April 19, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Thanks David. It warms me heart to be the impetus for you to abandon your silence. May this be the first of many more comments. ;)
Bert April 19, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Anyone know where I can get some..........oh wait, oops!!
Charlie April 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM
He looks like crap in his picture - maybe he's been doing too much of his product!!!
Brad Gerick April 20, 2011 at 02:38 AM
I deleted a comment from "fallston-mom" because it violated the following aspect of our Terms of Use, which can be found at the bottom of each page: "Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains Content that: is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive." Thanks for your comments, but please keep them clean and respectful of others.
Bert April 20, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Charlie - Which one? They all look like your quintessential drug dealer/user/peddler/pusher/all-around good guy!
Charlie April 20, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Ercolano - that was in reply to the comment that was deleted.
bill April 20, 2011 at 04:18 PM
So as even though the Gus's deli looked rather empty for a weekday lunch hour I decided to walk in ask the clerk how business was since the bust. To my surprise the owner was there and even has the balls to show his face there. Place was empty besides 5 employees. Glad to see citizens are doing what's right and not helping fund the drug trade. Wrap it up Gus's deli is done.
Justin Vest April 20, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Bill, if you talk about a man's balls, you should include your last name on a comment. Anyway, I doubt Mr. Kolakowski's father-in-law had anything to do with any of this. I don't know a lot of guys who would enlist the help of their WIFE'S FATHER in a business that gets you thrown in jail. By the way, that place has the best breakfast sandwiches in Bel Air. Made fresh, no frozen Wawa/McDonalds garbage.
giggity April 20, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Which "owner" are you talking about?
Strawberry April 20, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Matt has been doing this for a long time, it just stinks that Gus and his family are involved. Such a sad story that started back when his daughter started dating Matt, hopefully this will straighten him out. I won't boycott the Deli, there's no way Gus knew this was going on.
suzy greenburg April 20, 2011 at 07:05 PM
He actually had the balls to show up at his own shop, Bill? You're a hater, my man. People who revel in other's misery are miserable themselves. Sorry for you, bud.
Wade Williams April 21, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Well said, Bert. I would say that was a NOICE comment.
Kelly April 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM
I LOVE Sam, and disagree with Bill. Until it is proven that Gus had something to do with this there is no reason to "boycott." Just because someone who worked there was being "aledgedly" slimy does not mean he should suffer.
Bert April 22, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Matt is not "alledgedly" involved in this....he has been mixed up with this kind of stuff for YEARS!!! I am glad they are caught. Not glad that Gus' name is taking a hit for it, but definitely glad they got caught!
b f May 02, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Matt has had drug problems since high school. I guess now the rules do apply to him. He will look good in stripes. Throw away the key.
Jennifer Tisch May 09, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I'm with David, never replied to a post in my life and you had me rolling Sam. Thanks for the laugh today.
b f August 16, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Matt pled GUILTY to the charges. He rec'd 10 years with all but 3 mos suspended and 2 years probation. He reports 8/19/11. He got off easy. I guess now people know he is not as nice as he makes out to be.
muse September 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM
ct October 12, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Soft legal system - Matt spends his days at Gus's Deli Mart, visited by his wife and child - then spends the night in jail. Is this really punishment?
muse October 12, 2011 at 05:13 PM
i wouldn't go there just for the fact that who knows who his "customers" are --- for the deli, or the goodies? Not worth my safety thanks -- PLENTY of other places to give my business to!
Randi Falk March 27, 2012 at 02:14 AM
i bet you dont even know him.
Randi Falk March 27, 2012 at 02:33 AM
lo March 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM
muse makes excellant point. who knows who the customers are if that goes own. Very preseptive. Further the amount of money they made and put in harms way to reveive such a lite sentence? it may be worth the risk if not for the people it hurts. three months , wow!
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Chasity Lynn Shrewsbury March 14, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Well Curtis Carter UNFORTUNATELY is the father of my 5 year old son. And his a$$ needs to pay child support!! Anyone know where I can find that deadbeat??? Well I know prison.. but which one? PLEASE HELP!!!! Chassi.shrewsbury.1184@gmail.com
jim May 21, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Curt is in feds leave him be
jim May 21, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Holla at his boy Austin Jones on fb


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