City police, state's attorney office target West Baltimore heroin operation

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office announced Monday that 11 people have been charged for their alleged involvement in a heroin distribution network center around a four-block area of West Baltimore.

Six of the 11 defendants are in custody as part of the network, which dealt their own brands of heroin, dubbed "mercedes" and "fever," and operating around the intersection of West Baltimore Street and Monroe Street.

During the execution of warrants on May 28, Baltimore police recovered a .45 caliber handgun and approximately 30 grams of heroin.  Similar initiatives targeting suspected criminal enterprises working in areas affected by violence include those in Belvedere, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, Coppin Heights, East Oliver, Gilmor Homes, and Greenmount Avenue.

Those defendants in custody include:

  • James Chase, 49: Charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and heroin and two counts of heroin distribution.
  • James Holley III, 38: Charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and heroin and two counts of heroin distribution.
  • Charles Lester, 19: Charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and heroin and three counts of heroin distribution.
  • Timon "Ricky" McRae, 19: Charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Andre Parker, 20: Charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Frank Williams, 23: Charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
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