Drug raids lead to 12 arrests in O'Donnell Heights

October 09, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Authorities raided several locations in O'Donnell Heights in Southeast Baltimore yesterday and arrested 12 people charged in warrants with selling cocaine and heroin.

Six other suspects were being sought last night, said police Sgt. Richard Smith, who heads the Southeastern District drug enforcement unit.

Smith said that beginning at 3 p.m., city and housing authority police led raids on dwellings in the 1200 block of Gusryan St., the 1200 block of Wohler Way and the 6300 block of Boston St., seized quantities of suspected cocaine and heroin, a large quantity of drug-packaging material and a handgun.

He said undercover city and housing authority police made drug purchases during the past month, and that led to the warrants being issued for the 18 suspects.

Smith said that 10 of the suspects, all adults, were being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center, pending bail hearings. Two male juveniles were being held at the Northern District juvenile holding section, he said.

Smith said the raids were the result of heavy drug trafficking in the community and drug-related shootings, some of them fatal.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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