4 arrested in Bywater drug sweep


City police and state troopers brought the "Operation People" program to a second Annapolis neighborhood yesterday, sweeping into the Bywater community and arresting suspected drug dealers.

By late afternoon, police had arrested four men, and warrants had been issued for six other suspects.

State police will assist city officers in providing 24-hour patrols of the neighborhood and counseling for community residents during the next several weeks.

Last September, police introduced the "Operation People" program in the Newtowne 20/Woodside Gardens neighborhood of Annapolis.

The program was conceived at a crime summit convened by Gov. William Donald Schaefer in May 1993 to give drug-ridden communities a respite from violence and give residents the education and tools with which to reclaim the streets from drug dealers.

When 31 uniformed troopers descended on the Newtowne 20/Woodside Gardens neighborhood, they arrested 30 people on drug charges.

Operating from a command post in the parking lot of Woodside Gardens, troopers began 24-hour foot patrols, the first in state police history.

Since then, police have taken the program to Salisbury and Easton.

Yesterday in Bywater, 23 state troopers and eight city officers began rounding up drug suspects who had been identified during 10 days of undercover investigations.

The four arrested by late afternoon were Darell Sequoin Alston, 23; Reginald Lydell Dean, 18; Timothy Lee Styles, 26; and Monte Lavette Jones, 22. Their addresses were not immediately learned.

Each was charged with distribution and possession of crack cocaine.

Mike McKelvin, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police, said 12 troopers and four city officers will be patrolling the neighborhood around the clock during the next several weeks.

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