2 men charged on drug counts after raid They are sons of corrections officer


Two sons of a state corrections officer were charged yesterday with intending to sell cocaine from their Northeast Baltimore home, and police said the officer also is under investigation.

Police said they raided a house in the 1300 block of Limit Ave. Wednesday night after a monthlong investigation and found $15,000 worth of crack cocaine and $4,200 in a locked safe in a bedroom closet.

Kyier Thomas, 27, and Avery Thomas, 28, were charged yesterday with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and were being held last night in the Central Booking and Intake Center awaiting a bail hearing.

Officer Michael Pratt of the Northeastern District's drug unit said the investigation is continuing.

Pratt said undercover officers bought cocaine from the targeted house, enabling detectives to obtain a search warrant, which they executed Wednesday night. He said it took a half-hour to pry open the safe.

In an unrelated raid yesterday, police in East Baltimore said they hit four houses within one block and confiscated 14 ounces of suspected cocaine and 238 vials of suspected crack cocaine. They also seized a .22-caliber handgun.

Sgt. David Childs said his officers arrested nine adults, seven from one house in the 1900 block of N. Chester St., on drug charges. Two other houses raided were in the same block, and the fourth was around the corner, in the 2200 block of E. North Ave.

There have been six drug-related fatal shootings in that area since January, Childs said. Police have increased their enforcement in recent weeks in an effort to curtail the violence.

Pub Date: 5/08/98

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