Suspects sought in Balto. Co. crack-dealing probe

November 01, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police today were seeking 43 suspects allegedly involved in street-level crack cocaine dealing in Essex communities.

Police spokesman E. Jay Miller said 40 of those being sought are named in grand jury indictments that followed a five-month undercover investigation in the Village of Tall Trees, Cove Village, Tidewater Village and East Roc.

As of this afternoon, 16 people had been arrested. Another eight

were found already in jail, Miller said.

The investigation began after residents and management officials of the apartment or townhouse communities complained about curb-side drug dealing in the targeted communities.

Miller said officers found they could purchase crack just by driving up to the dealers or could get the drug at their front doors.

Miller said undercover officers made more than 150 controlled purchases of crack involving small quantities for $25 to $50.

Police also bought small amounts of heroin and PCP during the investigation "but our focus was on crack cocaine," Miller said.

Those arrested were taken to the North Point precinct for processingand then to Essex District Court for a bail hearing.

Miller said police believe the suspects operated independently and were not part of an organization.

More arrests could be forthcoming, he said.

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