Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have charged 55 people as part of a yearlong investigation into a drug organization operating out of South Baltimore, with ties to Reservoir Hill and Anne Arundel County.
Authorities began tracking down the suspects early Wednesday morning as part their "Operation Brooklyn to the Bay" case, ATF spokeswoman Clare Weber said. Thirty-nine suspects were arrested and 16 were considered fugitives as of Thursday afternoon, she said.
"We conducted a very large-scale operation yesterday," Weber said. "We were looking for several individuals from this drug organization."
In addition to the Brooklyn area of South Baltimore, Weber said, the investigation took agents into Reservoir Hill, and search warrants were also executed in Anne Arundel County. The indictments are terse but charge the suspects with dealing large amounts of cocaine.
A law enforcement source not authorized to speak about the case said the drug organization also has loose affiliations with the Bloods gang.
On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said Kevin "Dennyman" Thomas, Brandon "Reggie" Miller, Jerry "Feezy" Walker, Omar Anderson and Larry Harlee were arrested and made initial appearances in court.
Another man, Robert King, was charged by criminal complaint after agents serving a search warrant on his home in the Poppleton neighborhood found ammunition. Prosecutors provided federal indictments for a total of 15 people and say some of the other defendants will face charges in state court.
Court records show some of the suspects had previously been indicted in separate but apparently related cases. In May, task force officers and special agents with the ATF wrote in court documents that they had conducted surveillance on hand-to-hand drug transactions in the parking lot of an Advance Auto Parts store in the 2100 block of W. Patapsco Ave.
Agents followed the cars as they drove away and pulled them over, recovering drugs and cash. Lamont Douglas, 35; Cecil Sherrod, 36; and Christopher Marshall, 25, were arrested and charged in Baltimore Circuit Court, and now have been indicted in federal court in connection with the larger case.