2 leaders of city drug ring enter guilty pleas Williams, Harrison called among most feared dealers

November 22, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Two East Baltimore men, one the leader and the other an enforcer of a major heroin distribution ring called Rush, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to federal racketeering charges, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Elway Williams, 29, of the 1200 block of E. Lafayette Ave. pleaded guilty to running a racketeering enterprise and distributing heroin. He admitted that he was the leader of an organization called Rush, the brand name for the heroin it sold.

Raymund E. Harrison, 23, of the 2300 block of Barclay Ave. pleaded guilty to racketeering charges involving the distribution of heroin and cocaine. He also admitted to being a leader and enforcer in the Rush organization and to committing murder and other acts of violence on its behalf.

Harrison admitted to the Oct. 5, 1995 murder of DeShane Carter, 23, who was shot to death in the 2300 block of E. Madison St. in a dispute over drug territory.

The two men entered their pleas midway through the second day of testimony in their trial before Judge William N. Nickerson.

In a statement, Lynne A. Battaglia, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said the guilty pleas ended the careers of two of East Baltimore's most prominent and feared drug dealers. Sentencing for Harrison is scheduled for Feb. 14 and for Williams Feb. 21.

Williams is believed by prosecutors to be a rival of another East Baltimore man, Anthony Ayeni Jones, who police say has led a violent drug gang for years. Law enforcement officials believe Jones tried to kidnap Williams to eliminate his competition, according to court documents.

According to court papers filed in April after Jones was arrested on federal gun possession charges, Jones allegedly tried to have Williams falsely arrested and turned over to him. Jones offered former Baltimore police Officer Erick McCrary, who was on Jones' payroll, $10,000 to falsely arrest Williams and deliver him to Jones.

At Jones' bail hearing, U.S. Magistrate Paul M. Rosenberg said ++ that "one can only assume that the kidnapping was for the purpose of an execution." Jones, who pleaded guilty in September to being a felon in possession of a handgun, and McCrary, who pleaded guilty the same day to helping Jones in a bribery scheme to avoid prosecution, are scheduled to be sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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