'Eric and Eric,' alleged drug czars, arrested

November 09, 1991|By Roger Twigg

A $3-million-a-year heroin operation that flourished in East Baltimore because of the fear instilled by two kingpins known as "Eric and Eric" has been broken, local and federal authorities said.

The end came Thursday night as members of the Eastern District's Drug Enforcement Unit and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration ended a two-month investigation with raids in locations in Baltimore and Baltimore County.

The two alleged kingpins, Eric L. "Big Eric" Johnson, 24, of the 900 block of North Belnord Avenue, and Eric L. "Little Eric" Coley, 22, of the first block of Emelia Woods Court in Raspeburg, were taken into custody on various drug charges along with an alleged lieutenant in the organization, Eric Farmer, 29, of the 2600 block of Ashland Avenue, according to police.

Police also arrested Ricky Davis, 37, of the 2600 block of Ashland Avenue, on marijuana violations and Rynall Southall, 16, of the 800 block of North Lakewood Avenue.

Police said they recovered nearly $16,000 in cash, 148 bags of heroin, a .380-semiautomatic handgun, and a custom-made jeep with "Eric and Eric" written on the side.

Officer Edward Bochniak of the drug enforcement unit said the two often boasted they were "untouchable" and had "Eric and Eric" written on the jeep as an advertisement for their illicit trade, which operated in an area bounded by Linwood Avenue, and Chester, Monument and Eager streets. "Everyone knew them, but no one would talk about them. I think at last they found out that they aren't untouchable," he said.

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