Drug raid turns into four-dog night Police shotgun blast keeps pit bull terriers from halting arrest of man.

July 18, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

5/8 TC A West Baltimore man who kept four pit bull terriers in his home and was arrested there during a drug raid remained in custody today after a District Court commissioner ordered him held on $50,000 bond, police said.

Police fired a shotgun to ward off one of the dogs during the raid at the home of Hughclif Woodham, 24, in the 2800 block of W. Lanvale St.

Woodham, arrested about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute and other drug-related offenses.

Sgt. J.C. Smith, head of the Southwestern District's drug enforcement unit, said Officer Darryl Osborne obtained a search warrant after community groups provided information about drug-dealing in the area. Smith said Osborne had seen drugs being sold out of Woodham's house.

Police went to a second-floor bedroom and saw a man identified as Woodham trying to retrieve a loaded .357-caliber Magnum handgun from under a bed, Smith said. Woodham was arrested after being subdued by Agent Edward Wilson and Officer Kenny Parks.

Police searched the kitchen and one bedroom and seized 2 ounces of cut cocaine worth more than $2,000 on the street and 18 bags of marijuana having a street value of $1,100, Smith said.

Police also confiscated a .44-caliber revolver, a police scanner and a beeper.

Smith said one of the pit bulls lunged at Officer Thomas Schmidt.

Schmidt fired a warning shot with his shotgun. The blast struck a door frame and sent the dog, along with three other pit bulls, retreating into the back yard.

There, two of the dogs got into a vicious fight, and one killed the other, Smith said.

The remaining three dogs were picked up by an animal control officer and taken to the city's animal shelter.

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