Police and FBI agents arrested the owner of a Sandtown barbershop in a pre-dawn sweep yesterday and accused of him of running a huge cocaine and heroin ring.
Police arrested Eugene Leseane, 33, at his home in the 5600 block of Jonquil Ave. in Northwest Baltimore and charged him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, according to Detective Charles Gruss of the Baltimore County narcotics squad.
Baltimore City and county police arrested seven other people in raids across both jurisdictions on nine homes and one business. Police seized a dozen weapons, $13,000 in cash, cocaine and heroin valued at $23,000, four cars and a truck, Detective Gruss said.
Mr. Leseane, owner of the Sandtown Barber Shop at Mosher and Calhoun streets, is accused of leading the drug ring, which police said was involved with the so-called "murderer's row" drug gang that was broken up earlier this year.
Police say they have linked Mr. Leseane with Robert Lee Wilson, 46, a paroled killer arrested in May whom police identified as the ringleader of a multimillion-dollar drug ring. They said the two owned businesses together.
Yesterday's raids came at 6 a.m., when about 70 officers from the city, county and FBI executed the search and seizure warrants.
At Mr. Leseane's home, police said they found no drugs but confiscated two weapons -- a 9-mm handgun and an electric stun gun.
At another location, in the 1400 block of W. Mosher St., police said they found 450 bags of heroin in brown bags -- a color designation they say is used to mark sales territory.
Police say they also seized 2 ounces of uncut heroin, a sawed-off shotgun and two handguns. The two occupants of the house, Maurice Dickey, 22, and Regina Turner, 41, were charged with possession of heroin and possession with intent to distribute.
At Mr. Leseane's home and another address, police seized four vehicles -- a 1991 Acura, a 1990 Jeep Cherokee and two mid-1980s Chevy Spectrums. Detective Gruss said drug dealers used the old, nondescript Spectrums to carry drugs because they draw less attention than flashier cars.
"They're getting smarter," he said.
Also arrested yesterday were James A. Brown, 31, and Steven Hicks Jr., 20, of the same address in the 500 block of N. Fulton Ave., both charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; Christopher Marshall, 21, of the 2300 block of Winchester St., charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; and James Floyd, 25, of the 1000 block of W. Lexington St., charged with possession of cocaine.
In four of the locations raided yesterday, including Mr. Leseane's Sandtown barbershop, police found no drugs, Detective Gruss said.
Police said they expect more arrests here and in New York, which the FBI believes is the source of the drugs.