Police arrest man, 44, after raid on Ecstasy lab

January 24, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore police raided an Ecstasy lab and distribution operation in two Fells Point residences yesterday, entering one as a controlled substance was cooking in an oven, according to court documents.

Police entered an apartment in the 900 block of Fell St. shortly after midnight and found thousands of gelatin capsules, some filled with white powder believed to be a weight-loss substance known as phantermine, according to the documents. They also found large amounts of drug packaging paraphernalia, notes pertaining to drug manufacturing and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Police also found a large sealed metal pipe in the oven that was filled with a green liquid. According to the documents, the liquid tested positive for Ecstasy - also known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA.

Police then searched a home in the 1100 block of Baylis St., where they found a laboratory on the second floor. According to the court papers, officers found glassware, chemicals and more paraphernalia. They also found a 5-pound sealed plastic bag filled with an unknown substance suspected to be Ecstasy.

Police arrested Robert M. Keenan, 44, of Baltimore County's Summit Chase neighborhood at the Fell Street apartment. Keenan, who owns the apartment, was charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to distribute, one each for the phantermine and the Ecstasy.

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