Baltimore Educator Charged In Drug Case

April 16, 2009|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,richard.irwin@baltsun.com

The head of a city high school's special-education department was arrested Wednesday at school administration headquarters on East North Avenue on a warrant charging her with felony conspiracy to violate narcotics laws, authorities said.

City police Detective David Jones said that Victoria Carter, 58, of the 3900 block of Glenhunt Road in Rognel Heights was being held on $40,000 bail at Central Booking and Intake Center. Carter heads the Department of Special Education at Northwestern High School in the 3600 block of Fallstaff Road.

Carter's arrest was the result of a lengthy undercover drug investigation and the arrest March 12 of her son, Kenneth Carter, 29, at their home, Jones said.

Jones, a member of the Central District drug enforcement unit, said that during the mid-March raid narcotics detectives seized 50 grams of suspected crack cocaine in the house, a weighing scale, a small quantity of crack cocaine in the mother's 2004 BMW, which was seized, and nearly $1,000. He said the seized crack cocaine had a street value of at least $4,000.

Jones said the son was charged with multiple narcotics violations and was being held on $100,000 bond.

After Carter's son was arrested, Jones said, an investigation into drug activity from the Carter home led to a warrant being issued, charging Victoria Carter with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws.

Jones said that when Carter arrived at school police headquarters about 9 a.m. Wednesday, apparently without knowing the reason, she was advised by school police she was under arrest, was handcuffed and taken to Central Booking and then ordered held on bail.

Jones said there was sufficient evidence to charge the mother.

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