14 people arrested in sweep of northwest neighborhood







BALTIMORE —A sweep of a northwest Baltimore neighborhood plagued by violence yields 14 arrests relating to drugs and violence, police said.

The Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office made the announcement Wednesday that authorities executed 10 search and seizure warrants Tuesday, resulting in the arrest of 14 people in the Belvedere Corridor of the Northwest District.

The warrants were connected to grand jury indictments that were returned last week against 16 people associated with two separate drug conspiracies, including six people who were arrested in cocaine and heroin trafficking conspiracies charged by the grand jury, police said.

The raids were in response to the community’s concerns regarding drug dealing and violent criminal activity in the area, and targeted a neighborhood that since 2010 has seen 16 homicides and 17 nonfatal shootings in a dense, four-block area.

The indictments charged members of two separate drug organizations that trafficked in the area — one that sold “Hellraiser” brand heroin and another that sold “Rick Ross” heroin.

“We work with and listen to people across Baltimore who want to see an end to violence,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said. “The excellent work done by our undercover detectives resulted in the arrest of these violent individuals who were bringing destruction into a neighborhood.”

Batts praised the State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation, noting the two agencies’ collaborative efforts help to create a safer city.

“This is latest in a growing number of strategic and collaborative investigations targeting drug organizations so frequently associated with the violent crime in our city. By taking down these outfits root to branch, we are fighting to restore neighborhoods to their rightful owners: the residents trying to live there in peace,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.

In total, the raid teams recovered a loaded .32-caliber revolver, a .22-caliber rifle, $1,396 in cash, 7 grams heroin with an additional four small bags of heroin, 13 small bags of crack cocaine, 98 grams marijuana with an additional 50 Ziplocs of marijuana.

Police said the following people were arrested and charged with various, parole, weapons and narcotics violations:

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Police Arrest 2 Teenage Suspects in the Ellwood Avenue murder of Kimberly Leto Updated: Sunday, February 2 2014, 05:25 PM EST Baltimore City Police have arrested two suspects in relation to the murder of Kimberly Leto. Police have identified the   suspects as sixteen-year-old Allen Pinkney and fourteen-year-old Alonzo Gorham-Ramos. Pinkney is charged with First Degree Murder, Con-murder in the First Degree, First Degree Burglary and Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure. Gorham-Ramos is charged with First Degree Murder, First degree Burglary, Dangerous Weapon with intent to injur and Con-murder in the first degree. Leto was murdered in her home on Ellwood Avenue in Patterson Park. Police believe the motive was a robbery.

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Overall, violent crime is down in Baltimore but murders are rising.

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“We’ve lost too many lives,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
The police commissioner and mayor spoke candidly about crime in Baltimore–noting this year there have been dramatic reductions in carjackings, rape and aggravated assaults.
But the murder rate is up 7.8 percent. So far, 234 people have lost their lives in the city this year–compared to 217 last year and 197 in 2011.

“Our homicide number at 234 is unacceptable. Period. No excuses,” Batts said.

“On just about every other crime, you get a do-over. You get to make things right, but when you lose a life, that’s it,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “In my own family, I lost one of my cousins to violence this year.”

“The overarching priority is to bring to Baltimore the transformation that I believe is possible when it comes to violent crime,” the mayor said.

So how does Baltimore’s murder rate compare to other cities? Washington, D.C. is up 20 percent, Philadelphia is down 37 percent,  Chicago is down 17 percent, Los Angeles is down 13 percent and New York City is down 25 percent.

“We’ve seen in my time as mayor reductions in crime, but not the transformation that I know people want and that is possible,” the mayor said.

The murder that pushed Baltimore’s total over last year happened off a small street just off Park Heights Avenue last month. Rodney Smith was just 26 when someone shot him in the back and left him to die in the trash.

“These are human beings,” Batts said. “Eighty percent of the people who are shot out there are African-American males involved in the drug game.”

Both say disrupting gangs like the Black Guerrilla Family that was running a drug empire from the Baltimore City Detention Center caused some chaos. And there’s renewed focus on the troubled western district.

“You drop the western district, dramatically you’re going to drop those homicides,” Batts said. “I’m talking about clichés like ‘enough is enough,’ but you have to have that dramatic change that the community says ‘I’m not losing my babies anymore.’”

Batts also says he has lost a lot of valuable officers this year. The rate of attrition is more than 30 percent and he has to fill those gaps.

The commissioner says citizen complaints against officers have been almost cut in half this year.


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Baltimore Police commissioner not in favor of marijuana legalizationBaltimore reported 223 homicides in 2010. This has been part of a general trend in all violent crimes for the city, which have declined from 21,799 in 1993 to 9,316 in 2010. Even with stark population decline taken into account—Baltimore went from 732,968 residents in 1993 to just 620,961 in 2010—the drop in violent crime was significant, falling from 3.0 incidents per 100 residents to 1.6 incidents per 100 residents.[1]

Baltimore’s level of violent crime is much higher than the national average. In 2009, a total of 1,318,398 violent crimes were reported nationwide across the United States, equivalent to a rate of 0.4 incidents per 100 people.[2]

In 2011, Baltimore police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number of slayings in the city since a count of 197 homicides in 1978 and far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 slayings in 1993. The drop is significant, but the homicide rate is nevertheless in the same range the city saw in the mid 1980s, when the city had another 130,000 residents. City leaders credit a sustained focus on repeat violent offenders and increased community engagement for the continued drop, reflecting a nationwide decline in crime.[citation needed]