A total of 16 people were arrested on drug charges this week at Stevens Forest Apartments, 11 of whom were charged Thursday after undercover detectives stood watch outside two suspected "crack-house apartments," a police spokesman said.
Approximately 25 people have been arrested at the subsidized housing complex since late October, when police began stepped-up enforcement efforts in response to residents' complaints about drug dealing, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.
Narcotics officers watched two apartments for several days and noticed heavy traffic in and out, apparently as a result of crack parties held at the homes, Gardner said.
The officers obtained search warrants Thursday and arrested the 11 people, who were either in the apartments or in the nearby area.
Arrested were Darrell Eugene Matthews, 19, of Severn; Nathanial Leon Jones, 19, of the 9000 block of North Laurel Road in Laurel; Gregory L. Routh, 18, of no fixed address; and Bertran L. Hammond, 27, of the 3500 block of Mount Ida Drive inEllicott City.
Also arrested were Karen E. Johnson, 30, Sandra E.Casey, 23, Jill E. Carter, 37, and Jeffery A. Holland, 25, all of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road. Also charged were three other Columbia residents, William Raymond Carter, 28, of the 6700 block of Quiet Hours, Rechele G. Bowley, 30, of the 9600 block of Basket Ring, and Carita A. Lightfoot, 39, of the 9300 block of Indian Camp Road.
A dozen large rocks of crack were recovered from one of the apartments, police said.
Five other people were arrested Tuesday night at the complex, where police recovered a bag containing 17 vials of crack cocaine and 24 other small bags of crack, a police spokesman said.
Arrested were Joanne Jackson, 33, of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, and a 17-year-old Baltimore boy, police said.
Police returned to Jackson's apartment with a search warrant shortly after midnight Wednesday and seized 24 bags of crack, Gardner said. Arrested inthe apartment were Patricia V. Smith, 18, of the 5700 block of Thunderhill Road in Columbia, Glen K. Taylor, 20, of the 4200 block of Eldone Street in Baltimore, and a 15-year-old Columbia girl.
Each wascharged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, police said.
WOMAN CRITICAL AFTER CAR STRIKES POLE, TREE
An Ellicott City woman was critically injured Wednesday when she lost control of her car in Clarksville and struck a utility pole and a tree, breaking the vehicle in half, county police said.
Mary Elizabeth Rettaliata, 26, of the 12800 block of Folly Quarter Road, was listed in critical but stable condition Friday at the MarylandShock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was flown by helicopter after the 5:30 p.m. accident.
Police said Rettaliata was driving north on Sheppard Lane, near Route 108, when the car left the roadway and struck the pole and tree. Excessive speed was apparently a contributing factor to the accident, police said.
RACIST TRACTS LEFT ON COLUMBIA LAWNS
County police say that numerous copies of a white supremacist newspaper were left on the lawns of a Columbia neighborhood Thursday night, the second time in two months that someone has distributed the hate literature.
The 12-page newspaper, Racial Loyalty, was found on an unknown number of lawns in the Green Mountain Circle neighborhood in Wilde Lake village, police said. The same issue of thenewspaper was distributed Nov. 16 to about 50 homes in the West Running Brook Road neighborhood.
Racial Loyalty is published by the Church of the Creator, based in Otto, N.C. The church argues that blacks, Jews, Christians and other "mud races" threaten the survival of whites.
However, police don't suspect that the newspaper was distributed by representatives of the Church of the Creator.
A man described as in his late teens was seen leaving the newspapers at the GreenMountain Circle residences at about 11:30 p.m., police said.
Police say that the person, who has not been identified, is not subject to criminal prosecution since the distribution of the newspaper is protected by freedom of speech.
VICE GRIPS, CUTTERS USED IN BREAK-INS
Four homes in the Maplewood Drive area of Ellicott City were broken into earlier this week by someone who apparently used vice grips and a bolt cutter to gain entrance, county police said.
Two homes in the 10100 block of Maplewood Drive were broken into sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. At one of the homes, a thief pried a rear basement door open with vice grips and stole an engine from a boat, while tools and liquor were reported stolen from the other home, which was entered through an unlocked door.
The other two incidents occurred the same evening or morning, in the 10200 block of Maple Glen Court and the 10200 block of Cabery Road. In both cases, doors were pried by some type of vice grip or cutter.
Nothing was reportedmissing from either of the homes, however, police said.
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