Police arrest 14-year-old on drug charges--again Youth allegedly runs cocaine for others

August 03, 1991|By Roger Twigg :

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.

Each time a sale was made, the youth would run to a drug stash, pick up the drugs and take them back to the street, the police said.

When they were taken to the police station Thursday night, the 14-year-old and the 17-year-old to whom he was passing the drugs seemed to take everything in stride, the police said.

"It was like 'Oh, well, we got arrested,' " Officer Marucci said.

Both were charged as juveniles with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.They were released to their parents.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.