A rookie city police officer was arrested last night and charged with federal narcotics violations after an intensive undercover investigation by Baltimore police and federal drug agents.
Police and the agents, armed with a federal search-and-seizure warrant, arrested Lisa A. Evans, 22, about 9 p.m. at her home in the 5200 block of Leith Road in Woodbourne Heights. In the warrant, Miss Evans was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin.
Miss Evans, assigned to the Eastern District, resigned from the police force immediately after her arrest, police said. She graduated from the police academy last year.
Police said Miss Evans was being held at the women's detention center at the Central District pending a bail hearing today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
No drugs were found at Miss Evans' residence, police said.
Arrested at an unknown location last night was an unidentified man who, police alleged, sold drugs with Miss Evans. Neither DEA or police officials were available today to say who the man is and where he is being held.
Agent Arlene Jenkins, a spokeswoman for city police, said fellow officers at the Eastern District suspected Miss Evans was involved in drugs when they learned about two months ago that she socialized with people allegedly active in Baltimore's drug trade.
After Eastern District command personnel were informed, the department's Internal Investigations Division entered the probe, Agent Jenkins said.
Agent Jenkins said after it was learned that some of Miss Evans' friends were known to federal drug agents, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration joined city police in the investigation.
During the investigation, an undercover DEA agent bought heroin at least once in Miss Evans' home, Agent Jenkins said.
Agent Jenkins said evidence indicated that Miss Evans did not actually take part in the drug buy but was present when it occurred.
"She apparently had knowledge of heroin being sold in her home and that knowledge led to her being charged with conspiracy," said Agent Jenkins.
It was not known how expansive the drug sales were or how much heroin was sold with Miss Evans' knowledge.
Agent Jenkins said the joint investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.