Baltimore police say they arrested 11 people behind the violent “Black Magic” drug crew and seized guns, cash and more than 400 gel caps of fentanyl.
The crew sold fentanyl and cocaine in the Penn-North neighborhood of West Baltimore, police said.
“This is a very problematic area in the city for violence,” interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said at a news conference Wednesday. “Yesterday’s takedown could have a dramatic impact on that area.”
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said prosecutors intend to charge Antonio Johnson and Davon Jones as “drug kingpins.” A conviction under the kingpin law brings a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.
“Our local drug trade fuels violence and murder in the city,” she said.