City boy, 11, charged with attempting to sell heroin

April 06, 2005|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A suspected heroin dealer who was chased and arrested by a city police sergeant in East Baltimore was an 11-year-old boy - and described as small for his age.

Sgt. Ian Dombroski was patrolling in the 1100 block of N. Lakewood Ave. about 5:30 p.m. Monday when he observed a boy who appeared to be selling narcotics to a man in his 20s, said Lt. Timothy Devine, an Eastern District shift commander.

As Dombroski approached, the pair split and ran, with the officer chasing the suspected dealer, Devine said.

After a two-block foot pursuit, the 6-foot-6-inch Dombroski caught the boy, and a search of his clothing turned up $189 and at least six capsules containing heroin, Devine said.

The boy, a resident of the 2500 block of E. Chase St. whose name was not disclosed because of his age, was charged as a juvenile with possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin, Devine said.

The boy - who was released to his mother's custody Monday night - looked more like a 7-year-old, but had a juvenile record for assault and theft, the lieutenant said.

"He's the youngest drug dealer I ever encountered in my 20 years on the force," said Devine, adding that police were attempting to identify the boy's heroin supplier.

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