A 20-year-old man who police said passed several vials of powdered cocaine to a 10-year-old boy moments before both were arrested in northwest Baltimore is being held on $25,000 bail today.
City police said the man, Daryl McCain of the 3400 block of St. Ambrose Ave., was arrested yesterday afternoon in the 3200 block of Woodland Ave. and charged with possession of cocaine and using a minor to distribute cocaine.
McCain was to face a bail hearing review this afternoon at the Edward Borgedine Building on Walbash Ave. An August 8 court hearing on the charges has been set by the District Court commissioner.
The 10-year-old was charged as a juvenile with one count of possession of cocaine and released to the custody of his parents.
Yesterday's arrest of a youngster in connection with drugs was the latest of several in recent weeks in the city.
On May 8, Eastern District police arrested a 10-year-old on a playground at Hoffman and Holbrook streets and charged him with possession of four pink-topped vials of cocaine. A small amount of cash was found in the boy's socks, police said. At the same time two 15-year-old boys were charged with dealing in cocaine.
Called "walking stashes," the youngsters hired to hold cocaine for dealers often escape the clutches of the police by fading away and leaving the scene of a drug bust before police can identify them.
In yesterday's incident, police said members of the Northwestern District drug enforcement unit were in the 3200 block of Woodland Ave. about 4:30 p.m. when they saw a man selling drugs.
At a signal, the officers approached the man and saw him pass several vials of cocaine to a youngster nearby.
Police apprehended McCain and the 10-year-old, who was searched. Police said they found the vials of powdered cocaine in the boy's possession.
Police said McCain and the boy were taken to the police station, where McCain was charged and held last night.
Shortly after the 10-year-old was arrested, his parents were notified, and they picked him up at the station.
Police said the child faces action by juvenile authorities.
Northwestern District police said that so far this year, five youths under the age of 15 have been arrested in northwest Baltimore and charged with possessing drugs during similar situations.
Some of the arrests by the Eastern District's drug enforcement unit occurred on playgrounds, favorite places for adults dealing in drugs because at a moment's notice they can pass off the drugs to children they hire to keep their stash.
Police said dealers pay the young children so that the dealers are not arrested while carrying drugs.