A federal grand jury has indicted seven Baltimore men who prosecutors say are part of a city heroin ring, the U.S. attorney's office announced yesterday.
All have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Three were also charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, and Chaka Brewer, 28, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio has said prosecuting felons in possession of firearms and dismantling drug organizations are top goals for his office.
"We're really making a concerted effort to hit both heroin and cocaine drug rings," said Vickie E. LeDuc, DiBiagio's spokeswoman.
Brewer and the other men -- Harvey Brewer, 31; Troy "Blue Black" Crawley, 33; Gerald Greenfield, 63; Kenneth Johnson, 41; Timothy Kendall, 44; and Antoine "Twiz" Fitch, 22 -- have all been arrested. At least four have been arraigned and pleaded not guilty, the U.S. attorney's office said.
The arrests and indictments came after a nine-month investigation by the Baltimore Drug Enforcement Agency and the Baltimore Police Department into the city's heroin trade, according to prosecutors. Federal agents monitored phone calls between members of the ring, and found nearly a kilogram of heroin through search and seizure warrants.
According to the DEA Web site, Baltimore has more heroin-related crimes than almost any other U.S. city.