Gambling drug dealers

June 04, 1993|By Staff Report

A lengthy investigation prompted by the April crap-game shooting of a dozen people resulted yesterday in three raids in the same Baltimore neighborhood -- enforcement that police said was applauded and cheered by residents of the area.

Maj. Alvin A. Winkler, commander of the Eastern District, said the discovery that many of the players in the sidewalk dice game were drug dealers "was an insult to our officers" as well as the community. "We want the drug dealers to know that the streets belong to the people, to the decent people."

In a three-story rowhouse at 710 E. 21st St., police arrested four juveniles -- the youngest a pregnant 13-year-old. They seized a digital scale and drug-packaging paraphernalia, 2 ounces of raw crack cocaine, 139 bags of the crack (each worth $20 on the street) and $1,089.

Police said that as they left with the suspects, elderly neighbors were saying, "Thank God, they have the right ones." The other juveniles were 15 to 17 years old.

Three adults were arrested at each of the other two raids, at 521 E. 21st St. and 704 E. 21st St., and police reported seizing two loaded handguns, a shotgun, assorted drug paraphernalia, 196 bags of crack cocaine worth $10 each, and nine capsules of heroin valued at $25 each.

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