Undercover police officer hurt during arrest in narcotics case

One suspect's mother among 5 charged in fight

March 15, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An undercover city drug enforcement officer suffered a broken leg and ankle last night as he and another plainclothes officer attempted to arrest two men suspected of selling narcotics in Mill Hill in Southwest Baltimore.

The suspects were arrested along with three others, including the mother of one of the alleged dealers, on charges of hindering and assaulting police officers. All of those taken into custody live in the 2600 block of Dulany St., the scene of the melee, police said.

Sgt. Timothy Devine, head of the Southwestern District's drug enforcement unit, said Officers Kenneth Jeffries and Sterling Price were in a covert position about 5:40 p.m. near the 2600 block of Dulany St. when they witnessed two men involved in an apparent drug transaction in an alley.

After officers detained the men and recovered 49 vials of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana and $600, one of the suspects broke away and attempted to enter his house, police said.

During a struggle with the man on the back porch, Jeffries fell down the steps, breaking his left leg and ankle. Devine said Jeffries, 33, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for surgery. He was in fair condition last night.

Lionel Joyner, 17, was charged as an adult with possession of cocaine and marijuana, assaulting a police officer and attempting to steal Price's weapon. Lopaka Redding, 19, was charged with possession of cocaine and assaulting a police officer.

Lionel Joyner's mother, Leslie Joyner, 35; Ronald Moore, 25; and Laroi Baker, 19, were charged with hindering and assaulting a police officer.

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