4 kilos of raw heroin seized in series of raids aimed at city drug ring

May 31, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Federal and local investigators seized four kilograms of raw heroin, worth an estimated $2.5 million, in a series of raids Tuesday night aimed at breaking up a large East Baltimore heroin ring with ties to New York.

The raids at 11 addresses in Baltimore and Baltimore County were part of an investigation targeting top heroin and cocaine distributors in the Baltimore area.

Since the investigation began in January, 24 people have been indicted on state drug charges in New York and Baltimore, and about 6.9 kilograms of high-grade Columbian heroin has been seized.

Investigators found much of the heroin seized Tuesday night hidden inside the linings of men's coats. Police also seized about $100,000 in cash, seven firearms, six automobiles and two tractor-trailers. The raids were carried out at addresses in East Baltimore, as well as in Woodlawn, Cockeysville, Towson and White Marsh.

The investigation was conducted by Baltimore city and county and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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