100 march on house where they say drug dealer lives


About 100 people marched on what they said is a drug dealer's home in a northeast Baltimore neighborhood last night to serve notice that drugs will no longer be tolerated in their community.

Del. Clarence "Tiger" Davis, who represents the area in the Maryland legislature, led the march of residents of the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello community to a rowhouse in the 1600 block of E. 33rd St., where they said a drug dealer resides.

A resident of the house denied the protesters' allegation.

The Sun was unable to independently confirm the group's allegation.

The group of men, women and children marched about two blocks with police escort from St. Paul Baptist Church in the 3100 block of The Alameda to the residence they contend is a drug dealer's home, in a working-class community of single-family homes with well-kept yards.

Outside the home, Mr. Davis called on the resident to "do something positive in [the] community."

"We're not coming to confront," Mr. Davis said before the march. "We're going there to make our statement . . . that drug use and drug dealing will not be tolerated."

Sandra Jones, 45, who lives in the neighborhood, said she marched because she has noticed increased drug activity in the area. She said she felt a personal connection to the war on drugs because she has a son who is a user.

"The longer we sit and do nothing, the more these dealers are going to take over," Mrs. Jones said. "If being here tonight is going to cure it, then I am 100 percent behind it."

After the marchers dispersed, a man came from the back of the house and waved reporters off his front porch. He said he had been relaxing with friends when someone told him a group of protesters were at his door.

"It's not right," the man said. "I live there with my grandmother, and they have no right coming up on people's property like that."

Sabrina Alston, 26, who lives a couple of doors from the house, said she was worried that the neighborhood was being inaccurately portrayed as a drug area.

"People will get the wrong idea about our block," she said. "It's a sad day for our neighborhood."

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