4 reputed members of drug ring arrested

August 20, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

Police raided a West Baltimore rowhouse yesterday morning and arrested an 18-year-old New York man and seized 3 ounces of crack cocaine, 1 ounce of heroin and more than $1,000 in cash, law enforcement officials reported.

Officers with the Violent Crimes Task Force broke down a steel-grate door on a rowhouse in the 1900 block of W. Baltimore St. about 10 a.m. and arrested Herbert Lee Cephus, 18.

Police said he was charged with two counts of drug distribution, a handgun violation and possession of a stolen handgun.

Police said they found a 10 mm Colt Delta Elite semiautomatic handgun in the room where Mr. Cephus was arrested. The gun had been stolen from South Carolina.

"We knocked the door down pretty quick and got in on top of him," said Sgt. Timothy Devine, whose squad led the three-month investigation of the New York drug ring, known as the Greentop Boys.

Sergeant Devine said three other New Yorkers were arrested early yesterday on the streets in South Baltimore, including a 16-year-old.

"We put a dent in them," Sergeant Devine said of the raid and the arrests. "But they are a really big group. We got some of the main players. They are supposed to be linked to some of the violence around Monroe and Lombard streets. They have really overrun the area."

FTC Officer Marco A. Miranda of the Violent Crimes Task Force said police also recovered 3 ounces of crack cocaine worth $15,000 and 1 ounce of raw heroin worth $10,000. The drugs were hidden in a closet, he said.

The officer also said investigators seized $1,003 in cash hidden in light fixtures, two cellular phones, a scale, jewelry and drug packaging materials, such as vials.

"It's gotten bad out there," said Sergeant Devine, adding: "Community people have been calling us and calling us. That's what we responded to."

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