12 busted in E. Baltimore drug raids

September 08, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

City police, determined to rid the Mid-East section of drug dealers after a major drug and street-cleaning sweep there earlier, put "Operation Blue Thunder" into effect Tuesday and yesterday, resulting in the arrests of 12 suspected drug dealers and the confiscation of several hundred plastic bags, capsules and vials of heroin and crack cocaine having a street value of at least $25,000.

Also seized after police raided four homes in the target area was more than $1,000 and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

The houses raided were in the 2100 block of E. Madison St.; the 800 block of N. Bradford St.; the 700 block of N. Rose St., and the 700 block of Duncan St.

Police said the operation is called Blue Thunder because the blue stands for the police and the thunder means police want to make a lot of noise so the drug violators will not return to the neighborhood.

In July, police initiated efforts to clean up the area with a drug raid and sweeping of the streets. "We moved them out earlier and some returned, so we hit them again," said a police officer involved in the two-day raids.

Indicating they are serious about ridding Mid-East of drug violators, police have detailed nearly a dozen foot patrolmen, at least three marked motorized units and two members of the bike patrol to the densely populated area bordered by Broadway, Lakewood Avenue, and Monument and Eager streets.

Several thousand people live in the Mid-East section, most of whom support the police in their effort to combat illegal use and sale of drugs.

The operation's length of duration, police said, is dependent on the results achieved and is expected to be in the range of two to four weeks. But, police added, it could last longer.

Acting on information provided by informers, concerned citizens and intelligence gathered by undercover officers, police armed with search and seizure warrants raided the four dwellings Tuesday and yesterday and arrested the following persons on charges of possession or distribution of heroin and cocaine:

James Wynn, 46, of the 1600 block of N. Potomac St.; James G. Johnson, 22, of the 800 block of N. Rose St.; Lamont Brown, 27, of the 1900 block of E. 32nd St.; Willie Bethea, 42, of the 1500 block of N. Wolfe St.; Wesley Brown, no age given, of the 800 block of Kenwood Ave., and Murry Wilson, no age given, of the 1000 block of W. Saratoga St.

Also arrested were Mark Savoy, 28, of the 1000 block of W. Saratoga St.; Rene Harrington, 37, and Artha Harrington, 64, both of the 2100 block of Madison St.; Donna White, 25, of the 800 block of N. Bradford Ave.; Deborah Myers, 24, of the 1000 block of Abbott Court, and Tyrone Day, 25, of the 700 block of N. Duncan St.

The men were held at the Eastern District lockup pending bail hearings before a District Court commissioner. The women, police said, were held at the womens' detention center at the Central District pending their bail hearings.

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