Police raided 19 homes and businesses in Southeast Baltimore yesterday and seized records of alleged transactions by what police described as a large but loosely knit drug ring.
Officers also arrested two drug suspects, and seized nearly $30,000 and 10 firearms, including a foreign-made assault rifle, and a small amount of marijuana, said Maj. Eugene Yeager, head of the Southeastern District's command post operations.
But the purpose of the raids was the seizure of records detailing drug transactions.
"This time, we were after the paper to prove conspiracy and not the people," Yeager said.
"Even an illegal enterprise needs paperwork to survive," he said.
In Southeast Baltimore, police raided premises in the 1800 block of E. Pratt St.; the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Fleet St.; the 500 block of S. Patterson Park Ave.; the 3200 block of Pulaski Highway; the 600 block of Grundy St., and the 700 block of Umbra St.
Yeager said the five businesses raided by officers executing 20 search-and-seizure warrants included two pizza shops, two liquor stores and a car dealership in the 5900 block of Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore.
Forced entry was required at some of the locations.
The records seized were taken to the Southeastern District stationhouse in a pickup truck, Yeager said.
The raids ended a six-month undercover investigation that began with complaints from citizens that were followed up by undercover surveillance and the gathering of information on the suspects, Yeager said.
Yeager said the evidence will be presented to a grand jury for indictments, charging the people at the raided homes and businesses with conspiracy to violate state drug laws.
Pub Date: 6/09/98