When Officer Tom Marucci spotted a 14-year-old youth Thursday in East Baltimore passing a paper bag to another teen-ager, he had little doubt that a drug transaction had taken place.
"He was arrested there last week for the same thing," Officer Marucci, of the Eastern District Drug Enforcement Unit, said.
This time, the youth was arrested with 25 vials of cocaine valued at $250. On July 23 it was 21 vials, the officer said.
On both occasions the seventh-grade student was arrested on the corner of Federal Street and Rutland Avenue, where he allegedly serves as a runner for a neighborhood drug organization.