Candy store raid leads to charges against owner


Police raided a Northwest Baltimore confectionery store yesterday and seized at least $200,000 worth of drug packaging materials and cutting agents.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said officers served a search-and-seizure warrant at Sweet Land in the 5100 block of Park Heights Ave. about 2 p.m. and, in a rear storeroom, seized cutting agents for diluting drugs and thousands of plastic vials and small glassine bags.

"We believe the store owner supplied drug dealers throughout Pimlico and large sections of Northwest Baltimore," Rowe said.

He said the raid was the result of weeks of undercover work by Northwestern District drug enforcement officers acting on information from residents.

Dan Burley, 38, of the 1800 block of E. Federal St., the store owner, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug cutting agents, possession of marijuana and heroin, and maintaining a common nuisance, Rowe said.

He said Burley was held at the Central Booking and Intake Center, pending a bail hearing.

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