30 arrested in drug sweep of Pimlico area


City police arrested about 30 people and were seeking another 20 in the violence-wracked Pimlico area on drug charges yesterday during another in a series of sweeps to clean up drug-infested Baltimore neighborhoods.

Sgt. James Rood, head of the Police Department's northwest drug enforcement unit, said that 18 houses or other sites in the area were targeted. The sweep touched, among others, areas near Park Heights Elementary School in the 4900 block of Park Heights Ave. and near the Towanda Recreation Center.

The arrests yesterday were the culmination of other raids in the area that began Wednesday.

Police said the Pimlico area raided, south of Pimlico racetrack, is one of the most active drug markets in the city.

Altogether, police said, more than 100 people from the Park Heights area have been arrested in the past four days on drug-related charges and weapons charges.

Sergeant Rood said police will continue to target the area in raids for the next month or two.

Large, systematic drug sweeps were begun under police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier, when he took over command in early 1994.

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