Police target drug dealing in Arundel crackdown

Eight arrests are made, six warrants are issued in crack cocaine sting

May 13, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

This week's drug sweep won't entirely shut down the open-air crack cocaine market in Meade Village and Pioneer City, Anne Arundel County police said. But they believe the eight arrests and six warrants issued should slow drug traffic substantially.

"It's not going to stop it all," said Western District Sgt. Rex Snider. "But we've taken a big bite out of it."

The local market probably sold several hundred dollars' worth of crack cocaine a night, with rocks of cocaine selling for between $20 and $50 each, Snider said.

Four police units, which include seven undercover detectives and four uniformed officers, have been investigating the drug market along Pioneer Drive and Meade Village Circle for two months, Snider said.

After surveillance and undercover purchases, police began arresting alleged dealers last week. They also issued warrants for six other suspects, which Snider expects officers to serve in the next week or two.

Although police specifically target customers in some investigations, this mission was aimed at distributors, Snider said.

"They're dealing right out in the open on the street," he said.

The community is one of the state's HotSpot areas -- areas that receive funding from the state to combat drug problems.

Arrested and charged with distribution of crack cocaine are: David Queen Grimes, 37, of 8500 block of Pioneer Drive; John Bruce, 36, of the 1900 block of Ardwell Court; Bruce Turk, 37, also of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive; Antwan Lamont Green, 22, of the 1700 block of Circle Road; and two boys, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old boy, both from Severn.

Mark Anthony Moore, 38, of the 9200 block of Cartersville Road in Columbia was charged with conspiracy to distribute.

Terrance Lionel Pierce, 27, 1800 block of Montreal Road, was charged with distributing a drug look-alike.

It's common for dealers to use pieces of dry wall and peanuts to resemble the "rock" look of crack cocaine, Snider said.

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