Resident's tip results in drug arrest Officers report seizing $100,000 worth of narcotics

July 06, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Acting on a tip from a resident of the neighborhood near North Avenue and Monroe Street, police arrested a West Baltimore man yesterday and later raided his house. They reported seizing three handguns and more than $100,000 worth of suspected cocaine and heroin from the house and the man's car.

Sgt. Dorsey McVicker of the Criminal Investigation Bureau's Southside Squad took a telephone call yesterday afternoon from a resident who described drug dealing at the nearby intersection. The caller also provided McVicker with the suspected dealer's car license number.

Detectives staked out the intersection and, after observing several apparent drug buys, took Robert Lee Griffin Jr., 28, into custody, along with a 14-year-old boy who was acting as a courier, McVicker said.

Police seized Griffin's 1985 Toyota Cressida and obtained a search warrant for his house in the 1900 block of Lauretta Ave.

From the car and the house, detectives said, officers seized 12 ounces of suspected heroin worth an estimated $96,000; an ounce of suspected crack cocaine worth about $1,200; 25 gelatin capsules of suspected heroin worth about $550; and 350 vials of suspected crack cocaine worth about $3,500.

They also reported seizing handguns and $2,000 in cash.

Griffin was charged last night with being a drug kingpin, possession of heroin and cocaine, drug distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal handgun possession, and use of a juvenile in drug trafficking.

The 14-year-old was charged as a juvenile with possession of heroin and cocaine, and drug distribution.

The Southside Squad, a team of five narcotics detectives, has conducted about 40 drug raids in the Southern, Southwestern and Central districts since January.

Pub Date: 7/06/96

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