Crime Watch


March 17, 2006

City drug operation discovered; 2 charged

Baltimore police investigating an alarm sounding at a business in Waverly accidentally went into the back of the wrong building and stumbled onto what drug enforcement officers described as a sophisticated marijuana growing and distributing operation.

Two people were arrested, and police seized marijuana, suspected heroin and cocaine and three weapons, said Sgt. Donald Kramer, head of the Northern District's drug enforcement unit.

Kramer said that about 7:15 p.m., Officers Kevin Rowland and Dennis Bailey responded to a burglar alarm at 3046 Greenmount Ave., and after finding the front of the business secure, went to the back to do further checks.

"There were no addresses on the back of the buildings, and the officers thought they were entering 3046 but were walking into 3044 through an open door when they noticed a man quickly walking up a rear flight of steps leading to the second floor," Kramer said.

Rowland and Bailey followed the man to the second floor and entered a room containing several marijuana plants protected by sheets of heavy plastic that covered the walls, Kramer said. Police said a heat lamp provided warmth and water was regulated to flow every 15 minutes to the plants.

Police obtained a search warrant and said they found bundles of marijuana, drugs, $2,000, a shotgun and two handguns.

Sherwin Brown, 38, and Tonya Scott, 30, who both lived in a first-floor apartment at 3044 Greenmount Ave, were each charged with possession of marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute, possession of deadly weapons and drug manufacturing paraphernalia.

Richard Irwin

Convicted robber sentenced

A 38-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to more than 15 years in prison on a robbery conviction.

According to the statement of facts entered at his guilty plea in February, David Burnside robbed the New York Deli in the 1200 block of W. Baltimore St. on Oct. 13, 2004.

Burnside was sentenced in federal court as a career offender because of his previous convictions for cocaine possession.

Matthew Dolan

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