Raids yield drug charges against 15

March 07, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Fifteen people were arrested in a series of drug raids in Columbia Wednesday night, the culmination of a two-month investigation by Howard County police into reports of drug use and drug dealing in four area apartment complexes.

Police served seven search and seizure warrants between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Bentana, Locust Park, Sierra Woods and Spiral Cut apartment complexes in Long Reach village. Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman, said area residents had reported drug use and distribution in the apartment complexes.

"People in the Long Reach community and outside the community have been complaining about the drug activity," Keller said.

"Property management in these apartments have banned a number of the people we arrested from the property in the past."

One of those arrested, Omar Green, 17, of the 2200 block of E. Lafayette Ave. in Baltimore, was charged as an adult with drug trafficking and possession of crack cocaine. He also was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Police said four of those arrested were found to be wanted on other charges: Tyrone Otis Lockett, 27, a Bentana Apartments resident, for failing to appear before a Baltimore court on felony theft charges; Jeffrey Allen Day, 32, of Annapolis on charges of violating probation in Anne Arundel County; Keith Frederick Myers, 38, of the 5000 block of Hesperus Drive, on charges of violating probation in Howard County; and James Dorsey, 17, of the 8700 block of Airybrink Lane, who has been charged in Howard County as an adult with carrying a deadly weapon with intent and reckless endangerment.

Ten others were charged with marijuana possession, possession paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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