Armned with warrants and battering rams, city police and sheriff's deputies raided 17 houses in North Baltimore yesterday and arrested 30 men, women and children on narcotics and weapons charges in the latest effort to clean After forming arrest teams at Memorial Stadium about 3 p.m., the officers entered the targeted streets, bordered by East Cold Spring Lane, Greenmount Avenue, 39th Street and The Alameda, and hit the houses where controlled drug buys had been made since undercover officers penetrated the area four months ago, police said.
Among 13 suspects targeted for arrest after the controlled buys were nine teen-age boys.
Within the first hour, police arrested 30 of 167 suspects either inside houses or on Pen Lucy streets. The remaining 137 were being sought.
Some of the arrests were for violations of civil offenses and were carried out by sheriff's deputies.
Maj. Michael Bass, commanding officer of the Northern District, said several guns and an undisclosed quantity of drugs were seized.
Traffic in the area was detoured by police, who set up barricades.
Major Bass said no injuries were reported. "The sweep went very smoothly," he said.
Robert Nowlin, president of the Pen Lucy Association, said the neighborhood needed yesterday's police action.
"Drug and other illegal activity has been going on here for a long time and the law-abiding residents are grateful to the police for what they did yesterday," he said. "Maybe our reputation will improve now."
Major Bass said that within the next few days, city sanitation crews would enter certain sections of Pen Lucy to remove debris from streets and alleys and vacant lots.
Police said that patrols also will be stepped up in the area.
Yesterday's action involved 225 police officers from every city district, sheriff's deputies, the Violent Crimes Task Force, K-9 units and undercover drug and vice agents, Major Bass said.