Heroin ring broken in city, police say


August 12, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES

After a monthlong investigation, Baltimore police detectives said yesterday that they busted a drug-dealing operation that was selling heroin in West Baltimore's Druid Heights community, arresting two people and netting $25,000 worth of the drug.

Central District drug enforcement detectives Steven Matchett and Christian Schaeffer were monitoring the "Code Red" organization, which is suspected of distributing $10 heroin capsules in the area of Druid Hill Avenue and Gold Street.

On Aug. 9, police executed a search and seizure warrant at a home in the 2700 block of W. North Ave. and reportedly seized 529 gel capsules stashed inside a stereo speaker. During the search, police arrested a man who claimed to be paid to guard the drugs.

Michael Farewall, 19, of the address where he was arrested, was charged as a co-conspirator and faces drug possession and distribution charges, police said.

He was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail, police said.

Police said that after the search, they arrested the suspected head of the organization in a car on Gold Street.

Police said they recovered 457 grams of heroin from the car. Michael Gates, 37, of the 2700 block of W. North Ave. was charged with various counts of drug possession and distribution offenses, police said.

Gates was being held at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center without bail. Police said they seized a total of $1,050 in cash from the arrests.

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