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Twenty-five suspects associated with three separate drug organizations operating near East Monument Street and North Rose Street in Baltimore were indicted Oct. 2, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced.

The indictments come after months of investigations conducted by detectives of the Special Enforcement section of the Baltimore Police Department and the Major Investigation unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office. The focus for police and prosecutors was on stopping the distribution of narcotics in the Monument street corridor. The indictments outline that three narcotic traffickers allegedly sold cocaine and heroin in multiple neighborhoods this past summer.

“In neighborhood after neighborhood, we are working closely with police to conduct focused investigations leading to strategic prosecutions, all with the objective of reducing violence, so all of our residents can live, learn, work, and worship in safety and security,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said in a press release.

Out of the 25 individuals that were indicted by the grand jury, 14 have been apprehended, ranging in age from 21 to 51. September’s drug takedown in East Baltimore follows recent neighborhood initiatives aimed at targeting drug operations with the purpose of decreasing violence and homicides.

In August, prosecutors and police secured charges against 27 individuals for their involvement in heroin distribution in West Baltimore’s Gwynn Falls Parkway area. In late May and early June, 57 individuals were indicted for taking part in five distribution crews. One crew operated in East Baltimore, while the other four crews worked in West Baltimore on Baltimore Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Whether it is the East Monument Corridor, Cherry Hill, Oliver or Gilmore Homes, we will not rest until this criminal element that is harming our children, neighborhoods and the innocent in every community is eliminated,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in the press release.


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