5 arrested in Northeast Baltimore drug raid Marijuana worth $53,000 seized at apartment

October 17, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Police seized $53,000 worth of marijuana and $20,000, and arrested five men last night during a raid on a Northeast Baltimore apartment.

Sgt. David Cheuvront, head of the Eastern District drug enforcement unit, said officers also seized a car owned by one of the suspects and a loaded 9-mm Glock handgun during the 7 p.m. raid on a third-floor unit at Kensington Gate Apartments, in the 5300 block of Loch Raven Blvd.

Cheuvront described the apartment, which is leased to an unidentified woman, as "a stash house for the distribution of marijuana throughout the city." He said most of the 50 pounds of marijuana seized was in 1-pound blocks.

The raid was the culmination of an investigation that began several days ago in East Baltimore, Cheuvront said.

Police identified four of the suspects, three of whom are Baltimore residents, as Larry Venable, 18, of the 1500 block of Lester Morton Court; Jacob Henry, 25, of the 500 block of Queensgate Road; Albert Mitchell, 33, of the 1800 block of N. Port St.; and Larry Jones Jr., 20, of the first block of Duke of Windsor Court in Woodlawn, Baltimore County, who they said had $16,000 in his possession.

Police said each was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Similar charges were pending against a native of Jamaica, who was being treated for a broken ankle and broken wrist at Good Samaritan Hospital after jumping from a window of the apartment, police said.

Pub Date: 10/17/97

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