35 arrested in sweep of Northeast area

November 24, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

Police arrested 35 people on drug charges in a sweep Tuesday night aimed at preventing dealers from returning in numbers to an area dividing the Cedonia and Hollander's Ridge neighborhoods of Northeast Baltimore.

Dozens of officers burst into six houses in the Bowleys Lane community, between Moravia Road and Sinclair Lane, searching for 19 people indicted last week by a city grand jury on charges of drug distribution.

They arrested 11 people under indictment and 24 others in an anti-drug effort dubbed by officers "No business as usual."

Police also seized a small amount of drugs.

"The neighborhood has a growing, open-air drug market problem," said Major Bert Shirey, commander of the Northeastern District, although he noted that "it is not as bad as ++ some parts of the city."

Major Shirey said the problem was worse last year, before the city shut down the Twenty Grand Club at Sinclair and Bowleys lanes and arrested numerous drug peddlers who plied their trade in front of the bar.

"It did stay peaceful for a while," Major Shirey said. "But last summer, it became evident the dealers were coming back."

"We have worse areas in the district, but we thought this was one we could snuff out," he said.

Names of those arrested Tuesday were not available yesterday.

Major Shirey said that a weekend drug raid "had a dampening effect on the drug trade all over the city."

a large operation in Southwest Baltimore Saturday, 250 officers arrested more than 50 people and seized cocaine, heroin and a cache of firearms.

It was the third major drug operation since police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier began his take-back-the corners initiative in March.

In addition, several districts have conducted their own investigations.

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