3 men, woman held after city drug raid

February 09, 2008|By Richard Irwin

Three men and a woman were being held on multiple drug charges yesterday after being arrested during a raid in the McCulloh Homes community in West Baltimore, city police said.

Detective David Jones of the Western District's drug enforcement unit said the arrests late Thursday followed a monthlong undercover investigation.

Seized were $715, nearly an ounce of crack cocaine, 23 vials of cocaine, packaging materials and a loaded 9 mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number. Two cars were also seized.

Jones said the gun was found inside a tennis shoe in the bedroom. He said one man was cutting cocaine when police entered the dwelling in the 400 block of Oxford Court about 10 p.m. with a search-and-seizure warrant.

Charged with drug offenses was the resident of the house, Levell Matthews, 26, who was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Also held without bail was Isaac Baylis, 22, of the 1900 block of Ruxton Ave.

Held on $150,000 bail each were Antoinette Murphy, 22, whose address was not available, and Charles Whitaker, 30, of the 2800 block of Edgecombe Circle South.

Jones said the group was suspected of selling cocaine along Madison Avenue, West Preston and Hoffman streets.

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