11 suspects arrested, 12th sought in alleged Baltimore heroin ring

December 19, 2004|By William Wan | William Wan,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police raided seven locations yesterday and arrested 11 people accused of belonging to a drug ring that sold high-grade heroin under the street name "dinky."

Larry "Dinky" Brown, 38, was arrested during the raids. Police identified him as the head of the "Dinkyland" gang, which operated in Northwest and East Baltimore.

After three weeks of surveillance and undercover buying, about 40 detectives made simultaneous raids at 10 a.m. yesterday. They seized about $40,000 in cash and packages of heroin with a street value of $80,000.

The gang's heroin shops were bringing in $15,000 to $20,000 a day, said Lt. Dean Palmere.

The 11 suspects have been charged with manufacturing and distribution of narcotics, conspiracy and, those who were carrying guns, with firearms violations.

The raids also yielded a blender with traces of heroin, two computers, a money-counting machine and a long-barreled .44 Magnum - the type of gun Clint Eastwood popularized in the Dirty Harry movies.

The arrests included two suspects whom police identified as the lieutenants in the drug ring - Brown's brother Irwin Brown, 43, and his best friend, James Brown, 46.

Detectives said they were searching for a 12th suspect.

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