Two arrested in drug raids in Bywater


State police arrested an Annapolis man and a 17-year-old yesterday in raids on two houses in Bywater that were aimed at breaking up an alleged $35,000-a-week crack cocaine ring, said Sgt. Richard Poist of the department's Bureau of Drug Enforcement.

Nine state police narcotics detectives, two state police S.W.A.T. teams and Annapolis police raided the houses on Royal Street and Whiton Court about 6 a.m., Sergeant Poist said. The raids came after a two-month undercover investigation.

Antoine Bostic, 18, whose address was unavailable, was charged with possession of cocaine, police said. Police said they plan to charged the juvenile as an adult.

Police said they seized a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine and a semiautomatic handgun in the raid. They would not release the addresses of the homes raided but said one of them was used to store illegal drugs.

The two arrested are part of a larger group of drug dealers based in the Bywater area who have sold as much as 2.2 pounds of crack cocaine a day, Sergeant Poist said.

Man arrested in Shoney's robbery

Anne Arundel police have charged an Annapolis man in the armed robbery Feb. 21 of a Shoney's restaurant employee, county police said.

Timothy Gregory Dorsey, 26, of the 2000 block of Forest Drive was arrested Wednesday. He was released yesterday on his own recognizance.

Richard Anthony Benedict, 37, left the restaurant in the 100 block of Jennifer Road about 2 a.m. to make a night deposit. A man who held a hand in his pocket as if he had a gun walked up to Mr. Benedict and demanded money.

Mr. Benedict gave him one of the bags, and the suspect ran, police said.

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