As part of their efforts to reduce crime in Baltimore, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said officers arrested nine violent criminals who have terrorized a northeast city community.

In a March 19 statement, police officials said 24 search and seizure warrants resulted in the apprehension of nine criminals who often targeted the Coldspring-Homestead-Montebello area, also known as “Chum,” in northeast Baltimore.

“This is the result of the Baltimore Police Department listening to the communities’ concern regarding drug dealing and violent criminal activity in the area,” Batts said in a statement. “The excellent work done by our Special Enforcement Section detectives over the past six weeks culminated in obtaining 19 indictment warrants and the arrest of these individuals who were bringing destruction into the Chum neighborhood. We will not rest until the cancer that is harming our children, our neighborhoods, and the innocent in all corners of our city is eradicated.”

Those arrested and charged with multiple drug and parole violations were; Brian Banks,18; Dieudonne Buckson, 40; Tonya Bullock, 48; Larry Craig, 47; Shaquille Davis, 19; Spencer Jeffers, 24; Dominick Smith, 27; Derrick West, 42 and Richard West, 34.

In addition to the Baltimore City Police Department, the sting operation included units from the Anne Arundel Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the FBI. Batts also said the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office aided with the arrest.

Police recovered a .22 caliber revolver, a .22 caliber rifle, 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, two ounces of heroin, $3,340 in cash, one bag of marijuana, 15.6 grams of the street drug “Molly,” cutters, packaging materials, scales and sifters.

“This collaborative investigation demonstrates once again our commitment to putting dangerous drug operations out of business and promoting safety in all of our neighborhoods,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein. “For example, we recently completed similar initiatives in Belvedere, Coppin Heights, East Oliver, and the Gilmore Homes area.”