Police raided a Northwest Baltimore apartment yesterday, seized two weapons and $18,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine and arrested five people.
The raid in the 2900 block of Reisterstown Road was conducted after an investigation of more than two months during which informants and undercover officers bought drugs at the third-floor apartment, said Sgt. Roderick Pullen of the Criminal Investigations Bureau's Drug Enforcement Section.
Informants told police that cocaine was cooked inside the apartment to make crack cocaine. Police were told the occupants of the apartment had guns.
Officers and detectives who served the "no-knock" warrant found a woman injecting suspected drugs and another woman and a teen-ager in the bathroom trying to flush suspected drugs down the toilet, Sergeant Pullen said.
Police recovered an AK-47 rifle, a .380 automatic handgun, more than five ounces of suspected crack cocaine, another $350 worth of suspected crack packaged for sale, a small amount of what they believe is heroin and suspected marijuana.
Police arrested Samuel Williams, 47, who rented the apartment, and charged him with felony drug possession and possession of a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Mr. Williams is on probation for auto theft and other theft-related charges, police said. They said that if the AK-47 is determined to be fully automatic, Mr. Williams also could be charged with gun violations.
Also charged with drug possession and conspiracy to distribute were Sharon Hill, 25, of the 5200 block of Wilton Heights Ave.; Donna Vickens, 38, of the 2700 block of Reisterstown Road; Tracie Chavis, 28, of the 2300 block of Anoka Ave.; and Victor Hamilton, 16, of the 900 block of Brooks Lane, who was charged as an adult.