Police arrest 15 in house raids 40 pounds of marijuana seized

September 11, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Police raided 10 rowhouses in a West Baltimore neighborhood and one in Woodlawn yesterday morning in an attempt to break up a group of suspected marijuana dealers who investigators said targeted suburban users.

Detectives said they seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana -- the bulk coming from a duffel bag found in one house -- $40,000 in cash, four sawed-off shotguns, five handguns and three cars.

Sgt. Michael Caperoon, of the Western Police District's operations squad, said 15 people between ages 20 and 40 were arrested yesterday on drug distribution charges.

The 10 houses raided in the city are in the Midtown-Edmondson neighborhood, near West Lanvale and North Payson streets, a corner used in June by police who posed as drug dealers to arrest suspected buyers. In six hours during the June operation, undercover officers arrested 83 people on drug and other charges.

Yesterday's raids at 6 a.m. by 120 officers were aimed at arresting the suppliers. "We think we got the main target," Caperoon said.

Police said 30 pounds of marijuana were discovered in a duffel bag in a house in the 2000 block of W. Lanvale St. The other drugs and guns were found scattered at the other raid sites in the city and in Baltimore County.

The suspects were questioned at the Western District police station before being taken to Central Booking and Intake Center to await an initial bail review.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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