Three arrested in raid on Columbia home

August 16, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County officers conducting a drug raid at a Columbia home Friday night arrested three people and were forced to shoot a pit bull when the animal attacked police.

About 9:15 p.m. members of the police department's Street Drug Unit and the Tactical Section served a search and seizure warrant in the 9300 block of Guilford Road in Kings Contrivance, spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller said.

The action came after police received information from informants, police said.

Three people in the house were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

When officers burst into the home, they encountered a pit bull, a boxer and another dog, police said. The pit bull tried to bite the first tactical officers who entered the home. An officer blocked the dog with his shield, but eventually shot and killed the dog, Sergeant Keller said.

Detectives recovered seven individual packages of crack cocaine valued at $350, drug paraphernalia and $131, Sergeant Keller said.

Police say they frequently encounter vicious dogs when making drug arrests.

"Dealers sometimes use large attack dogs to keep strangers and others away," said Lt. Jeffrey Spaulding, head of the police department's Vice and Narcotics Division. "It also can give them time to get to the toilet and flush the drugs" during a police raid.

Lieutenant Spaulding said his top concern is for the safety of the officers. The key part of a raid is the element of surprise, which could determine the amount of drugs recovered and influence future criminal proceedings against suspects, he said.

"My concern is that you will be confronted by guns," he said. "If you're worrying about trying to protect yourself from dogs, you can't defend yourself from a human being with a gun. And kicking a dog is not enough to dissuade the animal from continuing an attack," Lieutenant Spaulding said.

Craig Donnell Brogden, 25, who lives at the raided address, was being held at the Howard County Dention Center in Jessup on $2,500 bond. Glenn Donald Brogden, 26, of the same address, was being held on $3,500.

Troy Arnaz Jones, 31, of the 7400 block of Oakland Mills Road, was being held on $15,000 bond. Mr. Jones also was wanted by the Baltimore City Sheriff's Department for violation of probation.

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