23 arrested in 1-month Carroll drug probe

CRIME WATCH

June 17, 2006|By DAVID P. GREISMAN

Twenty-three people were arrested, more than 99 grams of cocaine and crack were seized, and $1,367 was confiscated during a monthlong undercover narcotics investigation in Westminster, law enforcement officials said yesterday.

Dubbed "Operation Promise," the investigation resulted in 13 grand jury indictments for felony distribution, 12 of which were for cocaine and crack, officials said.

Two of those arrested used a van that is owned by Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, officials said. More arrests are expected.

"This will go a long way to help keep the streets in Westminster a lot safer, because we constantly have crimes of violence that are closely associated with drug distribution," said Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes.

During May, about 20 drug purchases were made by undercover officers from the Maryland State Police, who were brought in from other areas across the state, officials said.

The investigation was a collaborative effort among Westminster police, the Carroll County state's attorney's office, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and the Maryland State Police.

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