Man arrested on drug charges near Druid Hill Park in city

CRIME WATCH

May 24, 2007

A convicted drug dealer was arrested yesterday morning at Lakeview Towers - a building near Baltimore's Druid Hill Park that is home to many elderly and disabled tenants - on charges that he sold narcotics from an apartment there, city police said.

An arrest warrant for Bryan Turner, 21, had been obtained after a "controlled" purchase of drugs at the apartment May 14, said Detective David Jones of the Central District drug enforcement unit.

Jones said he knocked on the door of the 11th-floor apartment at 8 a.m. yesterday, asked to buy a $10 vial of cocaine and was invited inside by Turner.

In the apartment, police seized 39 vials of crack cocaine and $255 believed to be proceeds from drug sales, Jones said.

The apartment is leased to another man, who was not there at the time, Jones said,

Turner, of the 1000 block of Bethune Road in Cherry Hill, was charged in a warrant with multiple drug offenses, including possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and manufacturing a controlled narcotic. Jones said Turner had been convicted of a drug distribution charge March 9, 2005, and was given a suspended two-year sentence.

Richard Irwin

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