Authorities said yesterday that they have broken a multimillion-dollar cocaine operation that funneled kilos from Texas into Northwest Baltimore and the Lochearn area of Baltimore County.
"This will at least reduce some threat of violence as well as hazardous activity for the citizenry in those areas," said Stuart O Simms, Baltimore state's attorney.
The FBI and Baltimore City and Baltimore County police got their first arrest Sunday in the two-year investigation. Jacques Thompson, 34, of the 2300 block of Orem Avenue, was picked up in El Paso, Texas, after undercover agents made a controlled buy, then seized 12 kilos of cocaine with a street value of at least $5 million, police said.
Monday night and early yesterday, five people linked to the cocaine deals were arrested, police said.
Conrad Tony Hosang, a 34-year-old man described by authorities as the head of the drug operation, was arrested at his house in the 1000 block of North Ashburton Street during an undercover narcotics buy. Police said they recovered three-quarters of a kilo of cocaine and $2,000 in cash during his arrest.
Linden J. Martin, a 32-year-old music promoter who lives in the first block of Waldmann Mill Court; Patrick Gerald Ishmael, 26, of the 4600 block of Horizon Circle in Baltimore County; Shelly White, 29, of the 5400 block of Jonquil Avenue; and Clifton Grant, 33, of the 4900 block of Westhills Road in Baltimore County were also arrested, police said.
All have been charged with various cocaine distribution violations.
Clive Green, 26, of Baltimore, also was charged. He is in custody in the shooting of a police officer in California, police said.
Islyn Martin, the 63-year-old mother of Linden Martin, was also arrested, Lt. John J. McEntee of the city's Drug Enforcement Section, said. Police said she was not considered a target of the investigation and was arrested only after police allegedly recovered about 5 ounces of marijuana and a .357-caliber revolver from her home in the 2700 block of Spaulding Avenue.
Three elderly people that the woman had been caring for through a program between Sinai Hospital and the Department of Social Services were removed from the house, Lieutenant McEntee said.
Two other people were taken into custody for possible immigration violations, they said.
Police said the investigation is continuing.