City police arrest 3 in drug raid on apartment

Handgun found in kitchen linked to three homicides

March 02, 2001|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A drug raid by city police has resulted in the arrests of three men who investigators said were filling vials with suspected cocaine as officers burst into their Southwest Baltimore apartment.

A loaded .44 caliber Desert Eagle handgun found on a kitchen table has been linked to three homicides, said Lt. Michael Tabor, commander of the department's drug enforcement unit.

Police would not comment further on the killings or the gun - one of two seized Wednesday from the apartment in the 200 block of Atholgate Lane - saying it might compromise their investigation.

Investigators did detail what they described as a significant drug group that supplied dealers at two corners in East Baltimore: Madison and Bradford streets and Monument and Port streets.

One of the men arrested, Jerome Davis, had been released from prison Friday after serving about six years for assault with intent to murder, police said.

Tabor said officers raided the apartment about 5:15 p.m. and confiscated 1,521 filled vials and 7.4 ounces more of the suspected drug. The combined street value is estimated at more than $51,000.

Police said two loaded handguns, the Desert Eagle and a .357 Magnum Ruger, were found on a kitchen table. The Desert Eagle is a large handgun that until 1997 was imported from Israel. It is now produced in the United States.

Police identified the suspects, all 23, as Kevin Glenn of the 200 block of Mathews St.; Keith Mickels of the 100 block of N. Lakewood Ave.; and Davis of the 3900 block of Woodlea Ave.

Each was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, drug trafficking and two counts of handgun possession. They were ordered held yesterday at the Baltimore City Detention Center on $150,000 bail.

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