13 indicted as members of alleged drug ring

March 26, 2003|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted 13 members of an alleged drug ring, including one man on kingpin charges, the state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

Prosecutors said the organization supplied drugs to the Monument Street and Milton Avenue corridor in East Baltimore.

All 13 have been arrested on counts including cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to traffic cocaine. After a seven-month investigation, detectives seized about 500 grams of cocaine, 300 vials of cocaine packaged for street sale, five handguns, a bulletproof vest, a locker of paraphernalia and more than $30,000 in cash, according to the state's attorney's office.

Charged as the organization's kingpin was Howard Peppers, 36, of Suitland, who is being held in lieu of $3 million bail.

Prosecutors say Peppers supplied cocaine to his alleged "street lieutenant," Anthony Black, 32, of the 1400 block of Union Ave.

Black, prosecutors said, supervised "street distributors" they named as Bruce Byrd, 38, of the 4700 block of Beaufort Ave. and Dwain Johnson, 48, of the 1800 block of E. Federal St.

Also charged in the indictment were Barry Martin, 28, of the 2300 block of Eutaw Place; Darrell Lucas, 34, of the 6400 block of Miami Ave.; Arthur Holt, 29, of the first block of S. Fulton Ave.; Joseph Milan, 36, of the 5900 block of Arizona Ave.; Rodney Brown, 35, of the 1800 block of N. Rosedale St.; Patricia McCray, 50, of the 4000 block of Eierman Ave.; Bruce Doggett, 39, of the 1400 block of Kingsway Road; Tyrone Jackson, 32, of the 1400 block of Saratoga St. and James McIntyre, 29, of the 2600 block of E. Biddle St.

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