47 people arrested in sweep by police in West Baltimore

February 20, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

City police arrested 47 people, most on drug and gun charges, during a two-day sweep this week through the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, authorities reported yesterday.

Most of those arrested were picked up on street corners in an area roughly bordered by Laurens and Gilmor streets and Lafayette and Fremont avenues. The arrests include 20 on cocaine and heroin charges, 19 on loitering charges and a handful on trespassing, breaking and entering and outstanding warrants.

"The area was targeted due to the frequent complaints of drug dealing," said Maj. Barry Powell, commander of the Western District.

The major added that renewed efforts to build affordable homes also sparked the latest cleanup effort. "That is one of the reasons we want to move that drug activity out of there," he said.

Police said they seized two handguns -- a 9 mm and a .45-caliber semiautomatic -- with 41 bags of heroin, 20 capsules of heroin, 11 bags of cocaine, 190 vials of cocaine and 41 bags of marijuana.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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