10 are arrested in 2 drug raids City residence, motel in Balto. Co.raided after probe.


In simultaneous raids on a motel and a private residence, police and federal agents last night arrested 10 people, including a juvenile, and seized what a police officer described as a "God-awful lot of drugs."

The raids came after an intensive investigation by the city's Western District drug enforcement unit, authorities said.

At 11:15 p.m., authorities raided a house in the 1800 block of Baker St. in West Baltimore and Room 125 at the Best Western Welcome Inn on Security Boulevard near Whitehead Road in Woodlawn.

Seized between the two locations was a pound of nearly pure heroin, nearly 700 $30 plastic bags of heroin, 10 grams of cocaine, at least two handguns and $3,000 in cash, authorities said.

All of the suspects were charged with possession and distribution of cocaine and heroin, conspiracy and maintaining a common nuisance, authorities said.

City police said those arrested at the Baker Street residence were part of a drug operation that was conducted within 1,000 feet of Matthew A. Henson Elementary School at Baker and Payson streets.

While the exact value of the seized drugs won't be known until later today, city police familiar with the current street value of high-quality cocaine and heroin said the drugs seized have a street value of nearly $200,000.

"The heroin was high-quality stuff," said a Western District police officer.

Authorities identified those arrested at the Baker Street residence as:

* Aaron Smith, 21, of the 2000 block of Santa Fe Ave.; Antonio Oliver, 20, of the 2700 block of Gatehouse Drive; and Gary Palmer, 24, of the first block of S. Rosedale Avenue.

Each was being held overnight at the Western District lockup pending bail hearings, police said.

* Renee Oliver, 27, and her sister, Veda, 25, both of the Baker Street address. They were being held at the Women's Detention Center at the Central District pending bail hearings.

* A juvenile who was released in her parents' custody.

Arrested at the Best Western by Baltimore County police and agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were Allen C. Brown, 31, of the 2900 block of Winchester St. in the city; Eric L. Campbell, 22, of the 10900 block of Huntcliff Drive in Owings Mills; Jacqueline Patricia Lewis, 20, and Kimberly M. Macklin, 20, both of the 2900 block of Presstman St. in the city.

County police at the Woodlawn District said handguns and narcotics were seized in a room occupied by the four suspects.

Besides the drug charges, these four also were charged with weapons violations, county police said. They were being held at the Woodlawn station lockup pending bail hearings today in Catonsville District Court.

Authorities said the investigation is continuing and that additional arrests are expected.

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