Tainted cocaine suspected in 3 deaths Drug was laced with chemical, police believe.

February 21, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Three Baltimoreans living within six blocks of one another have died from an apparent drug overdose caused by cocaine that had been mixed with some type of deadly chemical, police say.

"We're putting this out as a warning to other drug users," Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said yesterday.

Agent Jenkins said the latest apparent overdose victim was Lynita Harris, in her 20s, who was found dead in the 1300 block of N. Central Ave. on Feb. 19.

On Feb. 18, Robert George, 41, was found dead in his home in the 1500 block of E. Federal St. with several syringes, one containing a liquid, lying next to his body, the spokeswoman said.

Agent Jenkins said Mr. George had fresh needle marks in his right ankle.

The body of Anthony Jones, 36, of the 700 block of E. Lanvale St., was found Feb. 16 lying in the 1200 block of N. Dallas St., police said.

Agent Jenkins said all three appear to be the victims of drug overdoses. However, she said complete autopsy reports are not yet available.

Investigators believe the victims obtained cocaine that had been mixed with some type of lethal substance.

"We need to warn the public of the lethal drugs," Agent Jenkins said. "We are also interested in the illegal drug dealer."

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