7 arrested in alleged drug pipeline Juvenile accused of supplying heroin to as many as 100 teens

'Most serious arrests'

Illegal substance, cars, money seized in police action

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 boy 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 at a Westminster news conference. "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 was 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 four 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. A juvenile was charged and placed at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School near Towson.

Police searched houses on Hazlet 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 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 drug dealing 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 conducted 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, clinical director of the Junction Inc. drug program.

From 7 percent to 9 percent have heroin as their primary addiction, he said. "Four years ago, it was very rare for us to see someone who had heroin as a primary drug of abuse."

Junction has seen heroin users as young as 14 or 15, Bosley said.

The cost of heroin is decreasing, to $10 to $25 a bag, Bosley said, and its purity has increased. It ranges up to 90 percent pure, while it was usually 10 percent to 20 percent pure 15 years ago.

About 90 percent of Junction clients in the past month who use heroin say they inhale it, he said, believing that that less dangerous or addictive than using needles.

"We would encourage any parent who feels their child has a drug problem to contact the school board, Junction, the Maryland State Police," said Lt. Col. Cindy Smith, chief of the state police Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement.

Two Carroll County women also attended yesterday's news conference at the Westminster barracks: One lost her son to a heroin overdose last year, two weeks before his 17th birthday. The other woman's son was buying heroin for his friends in return for a share of the drugs.

"Seventeen months ago, I lost my son to heroin," said Shirley Andrews of Westminster, who praised the police effort. "The pull of the drug is so great. Parents need to be aware what's out there -- it is in the schools and the community."

"My son was drug-running," said the second woman, from North Carroll, whose son is in a rehabilitation clinic rather than finishing his senior year. She asked to speak anonymously because she had notified police of her son's activities.

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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