According to local police officials, nine Baltimore residents were recently arrested on a variety of drug charges. Police officers are calling it a major bust, characterizing the nine arrested people as large players in the local drug scene who have been "terrorizing" the community for years.
Police say the nine people are part of a drug-related organization, though they haven't disclosed which one. All nine were arrested on suspicion of dealing heroin and cocaine.
According to police officers, the neighborhood in which the nine were arrested has become something of a hotbed of illegal activity in recent years. The drug organization to which they belonged is believed to be responsible for over 60 violent crimes since 2010. One street in particular has seen three shootings in the past three weeks.
With the arrest of these nine people, police hope to help alleviate the violence problem in West Baltimore. None of the arrested people appear to have been charged with a violent crime, however; they are currently only facing drug charges.
They may face additional charges in the near future, however. During a press conference, one prosecutor was asked what could be done about the "revolving door" of city jails. The prosecutor replied that he plans to add a conspiracy charge to some of the other drug-related offenses, which would drastically increase the amount of time the suspects would be incarcerated if found guilty.
Of course, charges related to drug dealing can already bring very long jail times; the addition of a conspiracy charge would likely boost the potential sentence even further.
Source: WBFF-TV, "Baltimore City Police Dismantle Major Drug Operation" No Author Given, Sep. 13, 2013