Two suspected "crack houses," which police say were used as party spots for people using and selling crack cocaine, were raided by narcotics police this week after residents complained of drug problems.
At one of the homes, in the 5000 block of Green Bridge Road in Dayton, police seized two sawed-off shotguns, one of which was carried by aman standing guard at the house, said police spokesman Gary L. Gardner.
The other raid was in the 9600 block of White Acre Road in the Columbia Village of Oakland Mills. During that incident, an officer wasbitten by a suspect while attempting to prevent the man from swallowing crack cocaine vials, police said.
Eight people were arrested in the raids, Gardner said.
"We've had a lot of people calling about both of these residences," Gardner said. "Neighbors were aware thatdrug use was going on, and they wanted us to go in and put a stop toit."
At the Dayton house, police arrested three people who were found in the kitchen with suspected crack and drug packaging materials. A medicine bottle was also found that contained several crack rocks, police said.
Narcotics police raided the house at 11 p.m. Thursday, shortly after observing one of the suspects allegedly "standing guard"
over the residence, a police report said.
Arrested were Reginald Berry, 44, who lives at the house; Clifford L. Bowie, 27, of the 5000 block of Green Bridge Road; and Mark A. Harris of Cordova, police said.
All three were charged with distributing cocaine, intent to manufacture crack, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Five people were arrested at the Columbia house on Wednesday, police said. After officers entered the home and allegedly found the suspects smoking crack in the kitchen, one man attempted to swallow two crack vials, police said.
The officer was able to stop the man before he swallowed the vials but was bitten in the process.
Arrested were Pamela D. Baker, 26, who lives at the house; Sandra J. Thomas, 27, of the 7000 block of Cradlerock Rock Way in Columbia; George N. Lumpkins, 29, of the unit block of Winters Lane in Catonsville; and James E. Carter, 34, of the 6300 block of Farewell Road in Columbia.
Each was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also arrested was Larry D. Smith, 35, of the 5700 block of Yellow Rose Court in Columbia, who was charged with possession of cocaine and with assault. The assault charge stems from his alleged biting of the officer, police said.