Party's over for alleged dealers, hookers caught in police sting

October 12, 1991|By Kris Antonelli

Anne Arundel County police threw a party at an airport hotel for several alleged prostitutes and drug dealers last night with undercover detectives serving arrest warrants as the party favors.

The partygoers were all gathered in a fourth-floor room ready for a night of dining and drinking, when undercover detectives began handing out the warrants.

The night's festivities began about 8:30 p.m. when undercover detectives arrived in a limousine to pick up the guests -- two alleged prostitutes and two accused drug dealers -- from a home in the 3500 block of Spring Road in Laurel.

The fun for those guests ended in screams of profanity as they were taken out a back door of the hotel in handcuffs -- and the women's shouts of "take a picture of this" to news photographers tipped off about the surprise party by the publicity-conscious police.

Police asked that reporters not identify the high-rise hotel near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport where the party was staged.

The event kicked off a night of drug arrests and seizures that police say are all connected to the house on Spring Road and a Laurel community called Bacontown.

Narcotics investigators began working in the Bacontown section of Laurel, making drug buys and gathering evidence for arrest warrants, after receiving 1,300 calls for service in the neighborhood during the last two years -- 166 of them complaints of drug trafficking.

Of the 166 drug calls, 40 mentioned the house on Spring Road, said Officer V. Richard Molloy, a police spokesman.

After the party, detectives raided the Spring Road address.

Police arrested the owners of the house, David Brown Sr., 70, and his 80-year-old wife, Corrine Outlaw Brown. Both were charged with maintaining a common nuisance, and Mr. Brown was also accused of cocaine distribution.

He could face eviction or be forced to sell his property under a drug-trafficking law in effect since July, police said.

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