Police bust 36 people from 3 drug crews in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE - Thirty-six people spanning three Baltimore City drug crews have been indicted after a months-long investigation.

Eleven of these indictments were announced earlier this week with an additional 25 indictments announced Thursday.

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The three-pronged investigation centered on heroin and cocaine distribution at the intersections of West Baltimore and Monroe streets, Frederick and Collins avenues and W. Baltimore and N. Bentalou streets.

Police say there have been 32 murders and 44 non-fatal shootings since 2010 in the areas where these drug crews operated, according to a release from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office and Baltimroe City Police Department.

"We promised to remain committed to eliminating destruction and violence from our neighborhoods in all its forms," Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a release. "The arrests announced today reaffirm that commitment. We will continue to do our part to enforce the law. We also need the community to help address the root causes of the violence as we all look for ways to bring it to an end."

Police say members of other drug trafficking organizations operating in and around Belvedere, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, Coppin Heights, East Oliver, Gilmore Homes and Pennsylvania Avenue neighborhoods have been charged in recent weeks.

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"We are determined to rid all of our neighborhoods of the organized drug crews that too often resort to violence as a way of doing business," State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a release.

Of the 36 people indicted, 22 have been taken into custody. Their names, charges and area of alleged operation are as follows:

Baltimore-Monroe

  • James Chase, 49, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and two counts of heroin distribution.
  • Christopher Coleman, 39, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and two counts of heroin distribution.
  • Freddie Foster, 46, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • James Holley III, 39, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and two counts of heroin distribution.
  • Charles Lester, 19, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and three counts of heroin distribution.
  • Andre Parker, 20, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Timon "Ricky" McRae, 19, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Frank Williams, 23, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.

Baltimore-Bentalou

  • Elijah Davis, 18, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and four counts of heroin distribution.
  • Nicholas Jones, 22, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Sidney Lemon, 49, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Troy Moore, 24, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.

Frederick-Collins

  • Eugene Bevel, 57, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Anthony Bugg, 22, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Brandon Burton, 21, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and cocaine, one count of heroin distribution, and one count of cocaine distribution.
  • Pegiram Carlee, 48, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Shawn "Mike" Crockett, 20, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and cocaine, two counts of heroin distribution, and three counts of cocaine distribution.
  • Alonzo Jeter, 24, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • Dana "Jude" Johnson, 19, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and one count of cocaine distribution.
  • Carlee Pegiram, 48, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
  • James Price, 33, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute cocaine and one count of cocaine distribution.
  • Danielle Sheridan, 38, is charged with one count of conspiring with others to distribute heroin and one count of heroin distribution.
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