Four nephews of convicted drug kingpin Melvin "Little Melvin" Williams have been charged with running an interstate heroin ring from the same West Baltimore nightclub that served as headquarters for their infamous uncle, according to law enforcement officials.
The ring allegedly raked in an estimated $1 million per week by selling kilos of heroin at the Underground nightclub in the 2100 block of Edmondson Ave., police said. Williams operated from the same club until his 1984 conviction on federal drug charges.
Law enforcement officials say one of Williams' nephews, Barry Henderson, 30, of the 2000 block of N. Bentalou St., "inherited" the ring after Williams was sentenced to 34 years in prison.
On Thursday night, Barry Henderson and his brother, William Henderson, 24, of the same North Bentalou Street address, were among eight suspects arrested when city, state and federal law enforcement officials raided locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, New York City and Rhode Island, said Capt. Michael J. Andrew, head of the city narcotics unit.
Another of Williams' nephews, James Rogers, 28, who is serving a five-year federal prison sentence in Pennsylvania, was charged with participating in the ring through his girlfriend, Kimberly Smith, 30.
Ms. Smith visited Rogers in prison and allegedly served as a go-between for Rogers and the other ring members, Captain Andrew said. Ms. Smith has also been charged.
James Rogers' brother, Rodney Rogers, 30, of the 6600 block of Collinsdale Road in Parkville, was charged as well.
The ring's alleged enforcer, Lamont Allen, 26, was charged. Adebayo Oladinni, 39, of Nigeria, and Graham Douglas, 30, of New York were charged with supplying heroin to the ring, Captain Andrew said.
The break in the investigation came Tuesday when police arrested 10 people during raids in Woodlawn and West Baltimore, officials said.