On Monday, Baltimore prosecutors and police went public to ask for help in locating six men previously convicted on conspiracy and drug distribution charges. The indictments are associated with a drug bust last month in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
The bust led to the conviction of 14 individuals, eight are in police custody and the other six are on the run. Efforts have not rendered any arrests, forcing police to seek help from the community.
Police believe that the cocaine and heroin ring is associated with the violence in the neighborhood, even though the charges involve only drug charges.
The indictments stem from an extensive investigation directed at curbing extreme violence in the South Baltimore neighborhood. Earlier in the year, the homicides were rising faster in the Southern district than any other area in the city.The organization may have been involved in the spike of violent crime, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. The investigation led to the confiscation of a stolen handgun.
“Where there’s drugs, there’s money and where there’s money there’s guns. They’re all interwoven. So these drugs distribution and conspiracy charges are in fact symbolic of the violence that these same people engage in,” Davis said. “These drug distribution charges are a way to make that community safer right now.”
The six suspects wanted were identified as Everett Washington, 47, of the 3700 block of St. Margaret Street; Jonathan McFadden, 26, of the 300 block of Martingale Avenue; John Goodman, 29, of the 1800 block of Braddish Avenue; Christopher Miller, 25, of the 400 block of South Smallwood Street; Troy Matthews, 30, of the 2200 block of Mt. Holly Street; and Corey Jones, 30, of the 1600 block of Ruxton Avenue.
Those in custody were identified as Dayquain Givens, 21, of the 1600 block of Cliftview Avenue; Adrian Worrell, 33, of the 900 block of North Monroe Street; Carl Griffin, 25, of the 3800 block of Pascal Avenue; Horace Montgomery, 49, of the 7800 block of Huff Court; Crystal Whye, 33, of the 800 block of Gretna Court; Antoine Lucas, 38, of the 3900 block of Stokes Drive; Dequan Cheatham, 31, of the 1800 block of Edgewater Avenue; and Lance Parker, 32, of the 400 block of Ilchester Street.
About half of the people indicted were on probation or parole for other charges and the “primary target” was Worrell, Davis said.
Charges were filed on May 16 and an arraignment is schedule on June 9.