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Officials Acknowledge Roosevelt Park Drug Dealing

Residents say drug dealers are hurting the park, which has been a major focus for community investment.

Deputy Maj. Richard Worley told residents at the Hampden Community Council the department is aware of drug dealing in Roosevelt Park, and are moving to address the problem.

During the council’s meeting Monday night, residents told Worley they were tired of seeing drug dealing—which they said was primarily of prescription pills—in an area designed for families to enjoy.

Worley told residents that a spate of violent crimes in the Northern District has diverted manpower, but that police are checking the park, and that he has driven through Roosevelt himself at night to make sure it was clear.

"We never had a problem with that park [before]," Worley said.

Councilman Nick Mosby, in a telephone interview Tuesday morning, said he has spoke with Major Sabrina Tapp-Harper, Northern District commander, and Worley about the drug dealing in the park.

"They’re developing a strategy of essentially beefing up the patrols," Mosby said.

He said so far he hasn’t been informed of any significant arrest around the drug dealing in the park, and said police haven’t given a specific reason as to why the park had suddenly become a magnet for dealers.

Despite some residents blaming the problems on a Falls Road methadone clinic, Mosby said he believes the problems with the clinic and the dealing in the park are unrelated.

"It’s one of the major issues we face in our communities is drug dealing," Mosby.     

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KB September 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Sad for sure. But I bet it drives traffic to the methadone clinic, 3 storefronts away.
ralahinn1 September 25, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Sorry to say it, but deals on on all around the city at all times of the day and night
Kathleen C. Ambrose September 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Gotta agree with Mosby on this one; a non-resident wouldn't even notice the methadone clinic if it wasn't for a few patrons nodding on the #27 or nearby benches. Hopefully the police can control the dealing before it progresses beyond pills.
Falls rd September 26, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I lived on falls rd for 20 years and the last ten years were a crazy mess. i dont live there now .the methadone --- deathadone program sucks at 4 am you have bus loads of junkie up and down falls rd acting as if it were 4 in the afternoon the program is at 3612 falls i lived at 37 falls .at least 4 times i had junkie banging on my door ask for meth what a mess hampden is .
Kerry Craven September 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Are you kidding me? Deputy Major has NOT HEARD of problems in the park before? That's amazing since I was at the meeting in July and there were at least two incidents where residents had called regarding A GUN being seen and fired (two incidents separately reported by constituents, but not the the BCPD).......once again, we have issues with the police wires 'crossing' but not in a good way......I'm disgusted but not giving up.
Kathleen C. Ambrose September 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I know Falls rd, and I didn't want to downplay your concern. A resident WOULD notice the patronage and have to deal with the fallout. However, why was the neighborhood unable to block its existence? Were the residents not informed or was it a matter of apathy? Unfortunately, treatment centers are necessary. Why do you think Hampden was a designated zone for a heroin clinic?
Kathleen C. Ambrose September 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Kerry, I too am "not giving up." I'm sure you've read where most BCPD do not live in the City, so that may be an answer to their non-responsiveness. I know as a taxpayer in the "wild west" I am not getting what I'm paying for. The 21211 zone needs foot patrol.
Full time mommy September 29, 2012 at 05:18 AM
The problem is the native Hampden dope heads that r in the park!! The park was recently redone because the little pol was moved to where the big pool is. Right before construction was under way they all hung at the park n sold, hot high and drank...the park was just comfy for them because their kids could run n play n they didn't have to watch them as much n could keep on partying!!! I have 2 children myself n I refuse to take my kids to that playground because of the dealing, partying and the nodding out, not to mention there are now mixing their meds n having seizures in front of all the kids there. It's really disgusting!!!!!
Fleeing Baltimore September 29, 2012 at 05:58 PM
There’s no doubt, in my mind, the drug dealers have been repeatedly arrested and repeatedly set free by City Judges. Those Judges are attempting to legalize drugs from the bench, but are actually legalizing violence and driving the middle class tax base out of the City. For further information, visit: www.fleeingbaltimore.com

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