More suspects sought in drug raids 15 seized in "Solar System"

10 others remain at large.

October 04, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police today were seeking seven adults and three juveniles charged in warrants as members of a ring that sold and distributed cocaine and heroin out of the Northbrook community near Perring Parkway and Hillsway Avenue.

Police said other members of the ring, 11 adults and four juveniles, were arrested beginning last evening as police squads moved through the townhouse community near the northern city line.

The arrests culminated a five-month undercover investigation, police said. One of those arrested was a 27-year-old woman.

Northbrook is commonly known as the "Solar System" because many of its streets are named after planets and other heavenly bodies.

The house-to-house raids began at 6 p.m., police said.

E. Jay Miller, a police spokesman, said the raids netted suspects described as street-level drug dealers.

Miller said the investigation began after residents and the management of Northbrook complained of open drug dealing that included adults approaching juveniles to sell them narcotics.

During the summer, narcotics detectives infiltrated the community and made nearly 40 buys of small amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana, Miller said. Curbside drug buys were in the $25 to $50 range, he said.

Another 18 buys, Miller said, resulted in earlier arrests of eight people, the seizure of two handguns and information that resulted in last night's raids.

Among the suspects sought last night were three maintenance men who work for Northbrook. One was arrested.

At least an hour before the raids began, police assigned to narcotics, uniformed patrol, the tactical squad, K-9 units, special enforcement and other units gathered at the White Marsh station to receive orders and review the plan.

At 6 p.m., police vehicles entered Northbrook from various directions.

As residents, including many children, looked on, police went to addresses listed on the warrants and arrested the suspects, who were taken to the White Marsh station, where they had bail hearings before a District Court commissioner.

Arrested and charged with distribution of cocaine were Brian Cornell Boatwright, 21, of Comet Court; Kevin Eugene Fields, 27, of Astro Court; Ricky Donald Henson, 32, a maintenance man who lives on Mercury Court; Sean Carlos Johnson, 22, of Comet Court; Jean Bernard Michel, 22, of Solar Circle; and Sylvester Thurman, 33, of Saturn Court.

Also Tonya Yvette Turner, 27, of the 1400 block of Wentworth Ave.; Raymond Wardell Vanable, 24, of Polaris Court; and Arnell Kevin Wilson, 21, of Comet Court.

Two men whose addresses were not immediately available also were arrested. They were identified by police as El-Roca Genius, 20, and James G. Jones, 21.

The four juveniles, ages 15 to 17, were released to their parents pending action by juvenile authorities.

Those being sought are Roosevelt Johnson Bond, 28, of Meteor Court; William Charles, 23, of the 7200 block of Eden Brook Drive, Columbia; Leroy Eley, 25, of Comet Court; Maurice D. Howard, 18, of the 2500 block of Loyola Southway in Baltimore; Jerome Odell Ragsdale, 20, of the 4600 block of Marble Hall Road, also in the city; Michele Rodwell, 26, of Astro Court; and Marvin Lewis Stancil, 36, of Polaris Court.

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