Authorities raided residences in Armistead Gardens and Highlandtown in East Baltimore and Dundalk in Baltimore County yesterday afternoon and arrested at least 20 people, including nine juveniles and two women, on drug and weapons charges.
During the raids, police seized 21 handguns and rifles, 2 pounds of marijuana, about 8 ounces of suspected crack cocaine, $10,000 and three automobiles.
Lt. Paul Sheppard of the city's Northeastern District investigative operations section said the arrests were part of the department's effort to rid targeted neighborhoods of drugs, weapons and undesirable residents.
He said those arrested in Highlandtown and the county have been linked to an Armistead Garden drug ring.
About 130 city and county police officers, federal drug enforcement agents and members of the Violent Crimes Task Force participated in the raids as a hovering National Guard helicopter monitored communications and watching for suspects attempting to flee.
With 24 search and seizure warrants obtained after undercover work at Armistead Gardens since November, authorities entered 19 homes there, three in Highlandtown and two in Dundalk.
Lieutenant Sheppard said the raids were uneventful except at a house in the 1000 block of Quantril Way in Armistead Gardens where a pit bulldog named "Glock" that threatened to attack officers was shot and killed.
The suspects were taken to the city's Central Booking facility and various police districts.