Drug gang suspect is arrested in S.C.

March 12, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Federal marshals yesterday arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a heroin-trafficking ring called the "Sugar Hill" gang that was caught on videotape selling drugs in an empty lot behind an East Baltimore rowhouse.

Michael Edward Arthur, 25, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service on heroin trafficking and firearms charges in Florence, S.C., according to police there. He was being held pending an extradition hearing.

Members of the "Sugar Hill" gang brandished semiautomatic weapons to keep order while selling heroin to long lines of customers in an open-air drug market on North Chapel Street, authorities said. A resident angered by the gang's brazen activities invited federal agents into his home to set up video surveillance. The videotape prompted 14 members of the gang, which sold as much as $65,000 worth of heroin daily, to admit to their roles.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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