Baltimore undercover officers arrest 11 alleged drug traffickers and users

March 26, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Undercover narcotics officers posing as drug dealers arrested 11 suspected drug traffickers and users and one prostitute yesterday in crackdowns at three South Baltimore locations, police said.

"Operation Buyer Beware" was carried out between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. Lombard St., the 100 block of W. Hamburg St. and the 100 block of W. Cross St., police said.

Lt. Barry Baker, head of the Southern District's Special Operations Unit, said suspected cocaine and heroin were seized from eight alleged dealers.

Baker said the suspects were being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center pending bail hearings.

Southern District police have made 500 drug arrests and executed 50 search warrants on homes and businesses believed used for drug trafficking this year, Baker said.

Last year, police in the Southern District arrested 2,000 suspected drug dealers and buyers, and served more than 200 search and seizure warrants.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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