Two men, 3 women arrested in drug raids

Cash, guns, 92 pounds of pot seized

January 26, 2007|By Annie Linskey and Gus G. Sentementes | Annie Linskey and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporters

Baltimore police heard a tantalizing rumor: A pair of men were selling about 100 pounds of marijuana a week in Hampden, Canton, Pigtown and Highlandtown.

Informants told detectives that marijuana was getting popular because cocaine was scarce. "No powder man, bud is where we're all running," said one informant, according to a police document obtained by The Sun.

Early yesterday, police officers raided a Sparrows Point bar, two homes in Dundalk and one home in Baltimore. Police said they arrested two men and three women and seized 92 pounds of marijuana. Police also said they seized $19,860 and five weapons.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Maryland section incorrectly stated that the 7 Card Pub in eastern Baltimore County had been shut down by police after they arrested a drug suspect during a poker match. Police said the bar was closed for about an hour during their investigation.
The Sun regrets the error.

"This is a good-sized raid," said Matt Jablow, a Police Department spokesman. "And it took a good amount of planning and coordination. We hope that we've disrupted a sizable portion of the marijuana trade in these areas."

Police from the city's organized crime division had been investigating two suspected dealers for several months, Jablow said. They teamed up with Baltimore County officers to make the raids, Jablow said, and began knocking on doors at 3 a.m. yesterday.

The officers hit a home that they had heard was a stash house in the 7200 block of Holabird Ave. in Dundalk. There, they said, they found 51 pounds of marijuana prepared for bulk sale. Police said they also found heroin and $2,130. They arrested two women.

Police said they arrested one of the men they were searching for behind the raided house and carrying 40 pounds of marijuana.

Officers also raided a home in the 100 block of German Hill Road in Dundalk. Officers said they seized a pound of marijuana and $5,000.

Police said they found another suspect in the midst of a high-stakes card game at 7 Card Pub, a tavern in the 2300 block of Ruth Ave. in Sparrows Point. He was arrested and the bar was shut down because of the suspected gambling.

A fourth raid took place in Baltimore, in the 600 block of Huntingdon Ave., near Druid Hill Park. Police arrested a woman there, and seized $8,200, marijuana and five guns, including an assault rifle.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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