Seven men indicted in connection with an alleged multimillion dollar drug ring pleaded innocent yesterday to various drug and racketeering charges in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
Six of the defendants, crowded behind a small lectern with their lawyers, were released on bond, on conditions ranging from personal recognizance to $50,000 for alleged ringleader Donald Haynie.
The seventh man, Joseph Michael Gardner, is under sentence for an unrelated drug offense in Florida and was returned to Arlington County jail after yesterday's hearing.
Five more men are still at large in the case, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Hudson.
Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr., confused at times as to which defendant was on what bond and which defendant was represented by which lawyer, set Nov. 27 as a trial date for all seven.
Arraigned yesterday was Haynie, released on $50,000 bond; Gardner; William Simon Coury, an Atlanta financial consultant, released on personal recognizance; Kenneth Lawrence Bates, student from Naples, Fla., released on $10,000 bond; Jean A. Morrisette, released on $10,000 bond; Norman S. Handshaw, a 25-year-old Florida cemetery caretaker, released on personal recognizance, and Lynn Edward Fletcher, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., released on $10,000 bond.
According to the indictment, Haynie and the others conspired to import more than 27,000 pounds of marijuana and a half ton of hashish from Nepal, India, and South America by ship to different points on the East Coast and the Midwest from Jan. 1, 1977, until this month.
The indictment grew out of arrests made in a raid at Dulles International Airport last December.