An 11-year-old boy who was described as a runner for drug dealers was arrested yesterday as police conducted a series of sweeps in East Baltimore.
The boy had more than $150 in cash and several vials of cocaine hidden in the waistband of his sweat pants when he was arrested in the 1700 block of Federal St., police said.
He was charged with delinquency in the possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, police said. He was released in the custody of his parents. The boy's name was not released by police because of his age.
The sweeps yesterday between noon and 6 p.m. at various locations resulted in the arrest of another juvenile and 12 adults, police said.
More than $300 in cash and various quantities of cocaine were seized, police said.
A 17-year-old girl was arrested in the 2100 block of E. Hoffman St. and charged with delinquency in the possession of cocaine ** and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, police said. She was released in the custody of her parents. Her name also was not released because of her age.
The 12 adults were being held pending bail hearings today, police said. Police said they were charged with possession of drugs and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
The arrests resulted from complaints from citizens concerned about the safety of their homes and neighborhood and from informants, police said. Undercover officers on surveillance also gathered information, police said.
The streets that were swept by teams of officers were longtime markets for dealers.
Police said the arrests were made by "take-off teams," groups of undercover police who became familiar with the comings and goings of suspected drug dealers and who knew the identities of their targets and where they gathered.
"We have many fine citizens in this part of the city who own their homes but are afraid to walk the streets, go shopping or visit family members because there are so many drug dealers out there ready to make life miserable for them," said Sgt. Michael Harding, of the Eastern District.
Harding said the most frequent subject of conversation at community meetings he has attended is drugs.
"We'll keep after them [drug dealers] until they realize that certain sections of East Baltimore are just too hot to do business in," Harding said.
Members of "Operation Clean Sweep," gathered in 10 two-man teams at the Eastern District station to complete their attack.
Police said the home addresses of the adults were not immediately available. The adults, and where they were arrested, are:
* Timothy Davis, 20, in the 2000 block of Barclay St.; Will Shelton, 35, in the 2200 block of Harford Road; Herbert Sampson, 45, in the 800 block of E. Preston St.; Garrett Hamlin, 19, in the 1000 block of McDonogh St.; Elmore Johnson, 35, in the 1600 block of N. Regester St.; and Gregory Hall, 39, in the 1700 block of Barnes St.
* Robert Norwood, 23, in the 1000 block of E. Preston St.; Eva Clark, 19, in the 1000 block of McDonogh St.; Wayne Wheeler, 30, in the 2200 block of E. Madison St.; Cornett Golden, 25, in the 1600 block of N. Dallas St.; Stuart Creek, 30, in the 1400 block of N. Dallas St.; and Leon Matthews, no age given, in the 2200 block of Sherwood Ave.
Police said all of the adult men were being held at the Eastern District lockup. Eva Clark was taken to the Women's Detention Center, where she was to have a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner, police said.