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An early-morning raid today by city police and federal dru agents on two east Baltimore rowhouses resulted in the arrests of three men and two women on multiple drug charges. Authorities seized at least $20,000 worth of cocaine, a handgun, cash, and a large quantity of drug packaging material, police said.

The arrests followed a lengthy undercover investigation.

One of the suspects, Vincent "Vi" Abernathy, 23, of the 1500 block of E. Cold Spring Lane, was described by police as the head of a group distributing cocaine from a house in the 2500 block of E. Chase St. through a hole in a window or the front door mail slot.

Police described the East Chase Street house as a drug cutting and distribution center.

Also arrested there was the alleged supplier of the cocaine, Wilbert L. Wilson, 22, of Perth Amboy, N.J., where police said the drugs originated.

Also arrested was Rose Wright, 37, of the East Chase Street address.

In a second-floor bedroom, members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and city police seized a half-pound of cocaine, a .380 semi-automatic handgun, a large amount of cash, a bullet-proof vest and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at a house at 2025 Ellsworth St. were Daryl Moss, 28, of the 5100 block of Dellville Ave., and Tunya V. Giles, 27, of the Ellsworth Street address.

Police said the suspects were to appear at a bail hearing later today before a District Court commissioner.

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