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 agents.
Three other suspects were arrested in an undercover heroin buy that involved 2 ounces of heroin worth $13,000 in a downtown Baltimore parking lot, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Frank Franco said today.
Among those arrested was the officer's boyfriend, Mr. Franco said.
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, Ms. Evans was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin.
Mr. Franco said Ms. Evans allegedly acted as a go-between in two smaller purchases of heroin at her apartment.
The others arrested were Evans' boyfriend, Darryl Bolling, 23, of the 800 block of Venable Ave.; Tracy Williams, 23, of the 2200 block of Prentiss Place; and Derry L. Williams, 33, of the 5500 block of Radecke Ave.
All four suspects were in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service and faced a hearing later today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
The three men are charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of the narcotic.
Ms. Evans is charged with aiding in distribution of heroin.
Mr. Franco said agents and police recovered a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun from the car of one of the suspects.
The spokesman said one man, allegedly Mr. Bolling, threw the packaged heroin out of a car but it was recovered.
Additionally, the officer's boyfriend was wanted on a homicide warrant in Baltimore, Mr. Franco said.
Ms. 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.
No drugs were found at Ms. Evans' residence, police said.
Agent Arlene Jenkins, a spokeswoman for city police, said fellow officers at the Eastern District suspected Ms. 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 Ms. 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 purchased gram quantities of heroin at least once in Ms. Evans' home, Agent Jenkins said. A sample of one of those grams tested 62 percent pure, Mr. Franco said.
Agent Jenkins said evidence indicated that Ms. Evans did not actually take part in the drug buy but was present when it occurred. Mr. Franco said she acted as a go-between for her boyfriend and the undercover agent.
"She apparently had knowledge of heroin being sold in her home and that knowledge led to her being charged with conspiracy," said Agent Jenkins.