90 arrested in operation against drugs

March 13, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police are wrapping up a seven-week drug operation in East Baltimore that led to the arrest of more than 90 people, including a man charged with importing 1 1/2 pounds of cocaine from New York.

Undercover officers arrested suspected drug buyers and sellers and have named eight of the people whom they blame for much of the narcotics trade in a 64-square-block area that includes two elementary schools and a park. They have warrants for five of those eight suspects.

"We were looking to disrupt the open-air drug markets to get the message out that they will never know when they are selling to a cop," said Maj. Gary Lembach, head of the drug enforcement unit.

Acting on tips from drug addicts arrested in Operation Bulldog, police said they arrested Charles Bishop, 36, of the 6100 block of Cardiff Ave. in Northeast Baltimore after stopping his Mercury car on an east side street.

Lembach said they found 1 1/2 pounds of cocaine, packaged in three large plastic bags, in the car. Bishop is being held without bail on drug distribution and kingpin charges. Police said the drugs had come from New York.

Lembach also said officers confiscated another $40,000 in drugs, mostly cocaine, $13,000 in cash, and three guns -- all found during arrests or raids at four suspected drug stash-houses.

Lembach said police chose the area bordered by East North Avenue and East Biddle Street and and North Milton Avenue and Broadway because of the high numbers of shootings, robberies and assaults.

The major said that in addition to the 90 people arrested during the operation, three of the eight people indicted as kingpins have been arrested.

One of the three has been arrested 29 times, Lembach said, on charges from robbery to handgun possession.

Another suspect has 20 prior arrests, ranging from drug dealing to theft to assault.

Pub Date: 3/13/98

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