Three men arrested in Northwest Baltimore drug raid

December 20, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Seizing seven firearms, thousands of dollars in drugs and a bulletproof vest, police raided a Northwest Baltimore home yesterday morning and arrested a grandfather, one of his grandsons and another man on allegations of running a sophisticated midlevel drug organization.

Police said the organization supplied drugs to street-level peddlers in the Northwestern and Central police districts. Those arrested are accused of running an illegal enterprise out of a house in the 3000 block of Oak Hill Ave. that was equipped with closed-circuit surveillance cameras, police said.

When police raided the house at 6 a.m. yesterday, they found Rudolph Harper, 66, watching them on a surveillance monitor, said Officer William Bearde of the Northwestern District's flex squad.

"They definitely knew what they were doing," Bearde said.

Harper was charged with maintaining a common nuisance. In the single-family house, police also arrested his grandson, Michael D. Harper, 29, and one of the grandson's cousins, Dominic J. Capers, 26, on drug distribution charges.

Police had received a tip about suspicious activity at the house, and Officer Keith Gladstone and other plainclothes officers investigated the complaints that led to the search warrant served yesterday, Bearde said.

According to police, officers seized handguns, an assault weapon, a double-barreled shotgun and a derringer-type pistol, a small gun that holds two bullets. All of the guns were loaded, Bearde said.

The officers also recovered 4 ounces of crack cocaine, 60 plastic bags filled with crack cocaine and a pound of marijuana. The drugs were worth about $16,000, Bearde said.

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