Authorities arrest nine, seize drugs in pre-dawn raids

October 24, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A task force of more than 200 police officers from Baltimore City and Baltimore County staged a pre-dawn attack yesterday on a cocaine-trafficking organization they dubbed the "Black Bag Boys," with 19 raids that produced nine arrests and an assortment of drugs, handguns and cash, authorities said.

Seventeen of the raids occurred in the city, and two in the county, beginning about 6:15 a.m. Seized, according to police, were eight guns; more than half a pound of marijuana; 575 tiny plastic bags of crack cocaine, with another 4 ounces in solid form; $11,500 in cash; and three vehicles.

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