Seven people, including an employee at the Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore, were arrested yesterday after drugs believed to be valued at $1 million were recovered from two houses in the city, Baltimore police said today.
The arrests came after police learned that a "mother lode" of heroin was due to be delivered to a house in the 400 block of S. Monroe St. in southwest Baltimore yesterday, said Officer Jack Hergenroeder of the Southern District.
Jerome Davis, 35, a clerk in the pre-trial release unit at the courthouse, was charged with heroin distribution, possession with intent to distribute, possession, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, marijuana possession and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Davis, a six-year employee at the courthouse, was suspended pending the outcome of the charges, said LaMonte Flanagan, commissioner of the pre-trial release unit.
Hergenroeder said police expect to file additional charges against Davis involving drugs and handguns found at his house in the 400 block of N. Robinson St. in East Baltimore.
Davis was being held on $150,000 bail today at the Southern District lockup.
Police allege that Davis was running two distribution operations, one involving heroin in South and Southwest Baltimore, and a separate cocaine distribution ring along North Avenue in East Baltimore.
Others arrested are:
* Ralph Helmick, 36, of 400 block of S. Monroe St. in Southwest Baltimore, charged with nine drug-related counts involving heroin distribution. He was being held today on $600,000 bail at the Southern District lockup.
* Helen Westcott, 30, of the 400 block of S. Monroe St., charged with four drug-related counts and held on $150,000 bail at the Central District lockup.
* Elizabeth Sadler, 50, of the 300 block of S. Monroe St. charged with four drug-related counts. A court commissioner had not been set bail for Sadler, who was identified as Westcott's mother.
* Timothy Abrams, 25, of the 1800 block of Ramsey St. in Southwest Baltimore, charged with three counts related to heroin distribution. He was held on $10,000 bail at the Southern District lockup.
* Wayne Scott, 28, of the 400 block of N. Robinson St., charged with nine drug-related counts involving heroin and cocaine distribution. He was held at the Southeastern District lockup on $1.5 million bail.
* Glendora Harrison, 33, of the 400 block of N. Robinson St., charged with nine drug-related counts. Police identified her as Davis' girlfriend. She had not yet seen a court commissioner.
Hergenroeder said informants told police that a large amount of heroin was due to be delivered to a house in the 400 block of S. Monroe St. about 1:30 p.m. yesterday. Officers watching the house saw Davis come to the door with a large green trash bag. They said he stayed a short time and then left without the bag.
Police followed him to the 1800 block of Wilkens Ave., where they stopped his car. They said they found 1 ounce of marijuana and $1,800 in cash. They also seized Davis' 1987 Toyota.
The officers returned to the Monroe Street house and found 1,600 glassine bags of heroin. In all, the bags had a street value of $32,000, or $20 per bag. Police also found $6,000 in cash.
The Southeastern District drug-enforcement unit obtained a search warrant for Davis' house, where police found 3 ounces of suspected crack cocaine and about a pound of suspected uncut heroin. Those discoveries accounted for most of the value of the drugs seized.
Police also said they found several cases of cutting agents, about 15,000 glassine bags, hundred of glass viles, four scales, a coffee grinder and three .38-caliber revolvers, two of them loaded, along with $2,000 in cash.
They arrested Scott and Harrison at the house.