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Drug Ring Bust “Fifth and Patapsco”

Drug Ring Bust “Fifth and Patapsco”

 

 

Federal and Baltimore City officials said they have taken down a south Baltimore drug ring with the arrests of 10 people.

Authorities called the drug ring “Fifth and Patapsco” and said the major bust began with a homicide case.

The case started with the killing of Jenna Marie Manuel, 24, in the middle of the day in July 2016 on Maude Avenue in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

“(She) was shot multiple times in broad daylight inside of her vehicle, while her 5-day-old child sat helplessly,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

Nearly two years later, authorities announced on Monday that a man accused of being the shooter, Robbie King, has been charged with first-degree murder in a case that also crushed a dangerous drug ring along the way.

“We were able to successfully take down a drug organization in the Patapsco and Brooklyn neighborhoods that was wreaking havoc by distributing both fentanyl and a fentanyl-and-heroin mix,” Mosby said.

According to Mosby, 11 people have been indicted on accusations that they pumped fentanyl imported from Mexico and China into south Baltimore.

“I want to sort of send a message, particularly to those that think that they can deal drugs in our streets and commit just heinous acts of violence and think that they can get away with it, we will work backwards towards you,” Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Tuggle said.

Officials said 10 people have been arrested over the last two weeks and tens of thousands of dollars in cash has been seized, along with illegal firearms and more than 300 grams of fentanyl.

“It’s such a money-maker for drug dealers. That’s what it’s all about, is money. So if you buy a kilogram of fentanyl, say you get it from China or Mexico for $8,000, you could conceivably, if you did it perfectly, make $1.5 million off that kilogram,” said Todd Edwards, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Baltimore District.

All 10 people arrested have faced a judge, eight of whom are being held without bail. The 11th person indicted has yet to be named because he has yet to be caught. Officials said they know the man’s identity and have a warrant for his arrest, it just has to be served.

In addition to King, those arrested include Marcus “Slim” Canty, Tracy Hendricks, Montez “Woo” Chapman, Terron “Block” Brinkley, Crystal Whye, Darnell “Dirt” Worrell, DeQwan “Flames” Cheatham, Markus “Gucci” Holmes and Jakee Wescott, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

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