Alleged drug kingpin is arrested again Highlandtown raid follows Oct. charges BALTIMORE CITY

July 13, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A woman who was charged last October as a drug kingpin in the sale of cocaine from a Fells Point bar was arrested again Saturday on charges of selling drugs from another East Baltimore bar, police reported.

Helen Marie Dupreez, 47, who had been free on bail from the October charges, was arrested at the Red Room Go Go Bar in the 4600 block of Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown after federal, state and city officers raided the business about 10:50 p.m., said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.

Ms. Dupreez is a bar manager at the club and lives in an apartment above it, police said.

Seized in the raid, which was part of a drug investigation into alleged narcotics trafficking by Ms. Dupreez, were nine bags of marijuana, two packages of cocaine and $755, Mr. Ringgold JTC said. Investigators allege Ms. Dupreez sold drugs to people while working at the bar, he said.

Police shut down the Red Room after the raid Saturday but an employee said yesterday that it was open again.

Ms. Dupreez is not the owner of the bar, said the employee, who refused to answer other questions.

Ms. Dupreez was ordered held without bail at the Women's Detention Center in Baltimore.

She was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, possession of marijuana and cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession with intent to distribute narcotics in a drug-free school zone, police said.

In October, Ms. Dupreez was charged as a drug kingpin for allegedly selling cocaine out of her Fells Point drinking establishment, Helen's Hollywood Bar at 714 S. Broadway.

The business, which she had operated for about 18 years, was later confiscated by federal agents along with two residences she owned in Fells Point.

Total value of the properties was $500,000.

The raids on Helen's Hollywood Bar and the residences netted 8 pounds of cocaine that tested to be 94 percent pure, $25,000 in cash, and jewelry worth $60,000, a federal official said.

Mr. Ringgold said investigators haven't decided whether to initiate forfeiture proceedings against the Red Room.

After her October arrest, Ms. Dupreez was expected to be tried in state court under the drug kingpin statute, which calls for a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years upon conviction. The amount of her bail wasn't immediately known, Mr. Ringgold said.

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