2 brothers face drug charges following police raid

September 21, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Two brothers were arrested last night during a raid on their North Smallwood Street home by Southwestern District drug officers who seized more than $8,000 worth of cocaine, a safe and a loaded small-caliber chrome-plated semi-automatic handgun, said the leader of the raiding party.

Sgt. J.C. Smith, head of the district's drug enforcement unit, said John Wheatley, 27, and his brother, Kevin, 23, both of the first block of N. Smallwood St., were held overnight at the district lockup pending a bail hearing today in District Court.

Each is charged with possession of cocaine and crack cocaine, conspiracy to violate the state's narcotic laws, and possession of a deadly weapon while involved in an illegal drug activity.

Smith said last night's raid was the result of evidence gathered by Officer Darryl Osborne following the arrests Sept. 12 of Alexander Evans, 34, and Johnnie L. Ballard, 26, both of the 2200 block of Booth St., at their homes.

Each was charged with multiple drug offenses, including possession of heroin that police believe arrived here from New York.

Smith said the Booth Street arrests also led to the controlled buying of a large quantity of drugs at various locations along North Smallwood and North Pulaski streets before last night's raid and that evidence seized indicated that there was a link among various drug operations.

Smith said more arrests are expected.

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