14 people arrested on drug chargesEASTON -- State and...

MARYLAND/REGION

June 02, 1994

EASTON — 14 people arrested on drug charges

EASTON -- State and local police arrested 14 people on drug charges in Easton and St. Michael's yesterday as part of a state police program to help the residents of drug infested neighborhoods.

The troopers, who set up a command post at the corner of West and Glenwood streets in Easton, charged those arrested with possession and distribution of cocaine, said Lt. Steven F. Rutzebeck, of the department's Criminal Intelligence Division.

He said state police and officers from Easton, St. Michael's and the Department of Natural Resources police departments and the Talbot County Sheriff's office were looking for 10 more people last night.

Under the program, called Operation People, state police set up round-the-clock patrols in an attempt to give communities a respite from violence as well as give the residents the education and tools to reclaim their streets from drug dealers.

Troopers have operated similar programs in Annapolis and Salisbury and plan to set them up in five more Maryland cities, Lt. Rutzebeck said.

Police did not recover any drugs or weapons in the raids staged between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

About 35 officers will patrol the area around West and Glenwood Streets for a month, Lt. Rutzebeck said.

They also will stage health fairs and job fairs.

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