2 linked to Baltimore drug ring are indicted

July 27, 2008|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun reporter

Two men accused of participating in a Baltimore heroin trafficking organization were indicted by a Howard County grand jury last week on gun and drug charges stemming from their arrest at a home in Columbia.

The men were found staying in the basement of a residence in the 6300 block of Loring Hill Drive in Sewells Orchard.

Travis Donnell Hill, 30, of the 3300 block of Burleith Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, and Omar Malik McDonald, 30, of the 5000 block of Longwood St. in Baltimore, face multiple charges in Howard County after their arrest May 28.

Baltimore investigators say Hill heads a drug organization called Jigga. The arrests were part of a move against eight suspects in the group after a four-month investigation by Baltimore police, prosecutors and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, said Kevin Wilson, an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore who led the investigation.

This month, Baltimore police raided the Burleith Avenue home listed on court documents as Hill's home address and stopped a red minivan pulling away from the home. More than 300 grams of heroin and 750 gel caps filled with the drug, as well as marijuana, scales, ammunition and $5,000 in cash were seized, police said.

During the arrests in Columbia in May, police from Baltimore and Howard County found marijuana in open containers on a table inside the house, according to court documents. A search yielded a loaded 9 mm pistol under a couch in a basement room where Hill had been sleeping, police said. Hill is prohibited from possessing a gun because he has three previous drug convictions, police said.

Also during the search, police found a loaded, stolen .40-caliber Glock handgun under the front passenger seat of a green minivan parked outside. Police said McDonald told them he was operating the vehicle.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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