West Baltimore Police Send Loud Message to Narcotics Dealers
As reported by CBS Baltimore in the article Baltimore Police Seize $3M Worth Of Drugs, Cash In Operation Ceasefire Bust (9/26), authorities in Baltimore have recently net a huge amount of cash and drugs all from one suspect. As a part of Operation Ceasefire, Baltimore Police publicized a simple message to criminals: “Change your ways or we will come after you.” Last Thursday night, they backed up their statement when they arrested Shawn Antonio Hearn, a suspect who allegedly possessed $900,000 in cash and $3 million dollars worth of heroin. Authorities believe that in addition to the tangible items seized from the suspect, they also in effect lowered shootings, murders, and other violent crimes on the street.
As a part of Operation Ceasefire, police made contact with many of the known narcotics dealers before making their announcement. They would call each dealer in, let them know that they were aware of their business, and then offered a deal. The deal was that they either stop dealing drugs and take steps to change their life or end up spending life in prison. According to police, Hearn did not listen to their deal and was one of the first to be arrested. The Baltimore City Police Commissioner called Hearn an “example” of what will happen to the other deals who do not listen. His next message to dealers was that they still had some time to think about the choice they want to make. Since the start of Operation Ceasefire, West Baltimore has seen a 47% decrease in homicides.
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