Raid in high-crime area of city nets police five guns, drugs

Patrol officers used tip to obtain search warrant

March 08, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

City police executing a search warrant in a high-crime area of East Baltimore found five illegal handguns and arrested four people, including one who had been charged with illegal handgun possession in January.

Acting on a tip obtained by a patrol officer, police raided a home in the 1700 block of E. 25th St. at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the guns along with crack cocaine and $500 cash, a spokesman said.

The area, near the border of the Eastern and Northeast police districts, has seen nearly a dozen shootings in recent months, and police said they hope the guns will be linked to some of those cases.

Those arrested were Christina Monroe, 19, of the 1700 block of E. 25th St.; Terrell Tucker-Jones, 20, of the 1700 block of Ruxton Ave.; Robert Harris-Howell, 19, of the 1600 block of E. 25th St.; and a juvenile who was not identified by police.

Police said two of the defendants were known gang members, and Harris-Howell was charged with handgun and discharging charges in January and released on $50,000 bond. Charges in that case are set for an April 1 trial date in District Court.

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