Grand jury indicts 15 in West Baltimore drug ring

February 28, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

City prosecutors and police announced yesterday the breakup of a West Baltimore drug organization they say made nearly $20,000 a day in sales of heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark and State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said a city grand jury indicted 15 people Tuesday on charges of drug distribution. Most of those, including the group's alleged ringleader, were arrested Wednesday morning, police officials said.

"We're going to be targeting the people who make the money," Clark said at a news conference announcing the indictments.

Police said that Wiley "Corey" Williams, 37, of the 900 block of Ashbridge Road in Essex is accused of leading the organization and was being held without bail.

Maj. Fred Bealefeld, commander of the department's drug unit, said his detectives began investigating the alleged organization in November after receiving information from a confidential informant. The gang is accused of selling drugs in and near Rosedale and Baker streets, and in the 2100 block of W. North Ave.

Undercover detectives made 17 purchases and followed Williams to Newport News, Va., where he is accused of laundering his profits, Bealefeld said.

Police seized $40,000, three handguns, a rifle, 5 ounces of heroin, 5 ounces of cocaine and a half-pound of marijuana from a number of locations.

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