City narcotics officers arrested three people last night on drug charges, including an 18-year-old man who was reportedly seen selling heroin on South Pulaski Street while the police were returning to the station following an earlier raid.
The three arrests, said Sgt. J.C. Smith, head of the Southwestern District drug enforcement unit, resulted in the seizing of heroin having a street value of more than $50,000.
At 8 p.m., police armed with a search and seizure warrant obtained by undercover officer Michael Zittle raided a house in the 1100 block of Longwood St. and arrested a 51-year-old man and his 44-year-old girlfriend on charges of possessing heroin and related offenses.
Smith said more than 40 grams of nearly pure heroin worth at least $50,000 on the street, along with paraphernalia, was seized.
Some of the heroin, Smith said, was found stuffed inside a boxing glove. Also seized were two rifles, one with a telescopic sight.
Smith said that when the raiding party entered the house after breaking down the front door they found the woman smoking marijuana.
The arrests last night of Walter Gibson and Veronica Williams, both occupants of the raided house, came after police raided a townhouse in the 3000 block of Normount Court Feb. 20 and arrested three men and a woman on multiple drug charges.
"That raid," said Smith, "provided information that led to a warrant being issued for the Longwood Street house."
He described the Longwood Street dwelling as a "supply house for the local sale of heroin."
Smith said Gibson and Williams were each charged with simple possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana. Gibson also was charged with distribution of heroin, the result of an alleged sale earlier to a police informant.
Smith said Gibson was held overnight at the station lockup pending a bail hearing today in District Court.
Williams, he said, was held at the Women's Detention Center pending a bail hearing.
On the way back to the police station, police were driving in the first block of S. Pulaski St. at 9:30 p.m. when they noticed what appeared to be a drug deal occurring.
Jumping out of his unmarked car, Agent Eddie Wilson arrested Quintin Watkins, 18, of the 2000 block of Boyd St.
Upon searching Watkins, police found 25 bags of heroin valued at $750 and $75.
Smith said Watkins, who he described as a "street runner," was held overnight at the station pending a bail hearing.