7 arrested in alleged heroin pipeline to teens 2 Juvenile accused of supplying drug

November 07, 1997|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Carroll County's chief prosecutor said yesterday that police have cut a heroin pipeline that linked a Baltimore drug dealer with as many as 100 teen-agers in Westminster, Hampstead and Manchester.

Maryland State Police, with officers from Baltimore and Baltimore County, announced the arrests yesterday of a 17-year-old Carroll County youth and two adults on charges of drug possession and distribution, and four other people on drug-possession and paraphernalia charges.

The juvenile was accused of supplying 80 to 100 students at Westminster and North Carroll high schools with heroin and other drugs purchased from a 26-year-old Baltimore man who allegedly arranged the transactions over a pay telephone.

"We have crushed, I think, the heroin connection into Carroll County and to our children," Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said yesterday in Westminster. "In 20 years, I believe this is one of the most serious drug seizures and drug arrests in Carroll County history."

Police investigators said they found heroin being purchased from a Baltimore man who was paged from pay phones in the Catonsville area with drug orders, which were picked up and taken to Carroll County.

The first three arrests occurred during surveillance of a transaction at 5 p.m. Wednesday on Edmondson Avenue in Baltimore County near the city line. Police said they confiscated 4 grams of heroin and $3,800.

Shedric Floyd Cooper, 36, and Angela Patricia Hamm, 23, both of the 500 block of Hazlet Ave. in Irvington were charged with possession and distribution of heroin in Baltimore and in Baltimore County. The juvenile was charged in Carroll County and placed at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School near Towson.

Police searched houses on Haz-let Avenue and outside Westminster and seized 14 grams of heroin, $25,000, drug paraphernalia and three vehicles, according to the officials.

Barnes said he would file a motion to try the Westminster-area juvenile as an adult.

The four other people charged with heroin possession were arrested on Edmondson Avenue in Baltimore County -- where officials say they were waiting for heroin that was delivered by undercover police officers.

The four arrested on the drug-possession charges are: Charles Gregory Ireland, 22, of the 500 block of Silver Run Valley Road in Westminster; Victoria Darrlyn Mackall, 21, of the 800 block of Washington Road, Westminster; Lauren Nicole Garrison, 18, of the 1700 block of Lauterbach Road, Finksburg; and Charles Richard Allan Wilson, 28, of the 100 block of Fennington Circle in Owings Mills.

None of the alleged crimes occurred in Carroll schools, the police said, although most of the customers were students.

Among Carroll County high school seniors, 4.4 percent reported using heroin in the 1996 Maryland Adolescent Survey released in September. Three percent of 10th-graders and 0.4 percent of sixth-graders also reported having used heroin at least once.

The statewide survey is done every two years and asks students to anonymously answer specific questions about substance abuse.

"We've seen an increase in the number of adolescents and adults admitted with primary heroin use," said John Bosley of the Junction Inc. drug program.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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