Four suspected in N.Y. drug gang arrested

July 19, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Four men suspected of being members of a drug trafficking gang from New York that Baltimore police said supplied much of the cocaine and heroin in East Baltimore were arrested Wednesday.

Keith Elmora Hamlet, 36, was arrested at his home in the 400 block of N. Bradford St.

Police seized $60,000 worth of suspected cocaine and heroin at the home. They also took a handgun, $2,000 and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Roberto Mendez, 30, jumped from a window of his fifth-floor apartment in the 900 block of Druid Park Lake Drive in an attempt to escape officers, police said.

Mendez was in serious, stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a spokeswoman there said.

Police found more than $7,000 in Mendez's possession. They also found more than 400 grams of suspected cocaine worth $45 per gram in his apartment.

Arrested in the 3300 block of Pulaski Highway were Ricardo Mendez, 24, and Jose Borbon, 32. Both Mendez and Borbon were of the Druid Park Lake Drive address, police said.

It was not known if the Mendezes are related.

All four were charged with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute and common possession of cocaine and heroin, police said.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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