The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration yesterday said it dismantled a large wholesale drug operation, arresting 14 members of a network that sold crack cocaine and heroin to dealers in East Baltimore.
Federal and local police stormed 12 locations in Baltimore and Cockeysville early yesterday to make 10 of the arrests, culminating a 10-month investigation. Officials said the ring furnished 44 pounds of cocaine and 17.5 ounces of heroin to street dealers each month.
Three people were arrested Tuesday night in Baltimore County and held on state charges, an official said. They were riding in a truck that was carrying 1.1 pounds of cocaine in a secret compartment when the arrests were made, the official said.
The truck was used to transport drugs from New York, which authorities believe to be the source of the organization's drugs.
Gregory Jones, 23, of the 6100 block of Fairwood Ave. in Baltimore and Gregory Morris, 25, of the 400 block of Lake Vista Circle in Cockeysville appeared in U.S. District Court yesterday before Chief Magistrate Judge Clarence E. Goetz with four other defendants. All six were ordered held without bail pending a bond review hearing Monday.
Mr. Jones is charged in seven counts of the 10-count federal grand jury indictment on charges of conspiracy to sell narcotics and distribution. Mr. Morris is charged with one count of conspiracy.
DEA agents displayed several plastic bags containing heroin, vials of crack and gel caps of cocaine alongside a shotgun, automatic rifle, $100,000, two walkie-talkies and a cellular phone seized in the raids. Agents also seized 16 automobiles.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department were involved in the investigation.