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Bomb threat leads police to alleged drug dealer

Sting leads to heroin deal near school
Posted at 5:48 PM, Mar 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 17:48:31-05

It is the code of the streets wrapped around Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School.

"I come in and go out,” said Angel Johns, “That's it.  Go to work.  Get in my car and keep it moving."
No one doubts there are drug deals in the area, and no one wants to deal with it.

"I don't see it.  I try not to.  I try to keep my kids away from it,” said Keyeria Summers, “I feel like I shouldn't have to take my kids out of school and put them somewhere else.  They should be safe where they're at."
And on this day, they are a little bit safer thanks to a bomb threat at the Glen Burnie District Courthouse last week.
It was just after two o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday when someone called reporting there was a bomb inside.
But through caller i.d., investigators had a cell phone number that they soon traced back to 21-year-old Ira Jamal Savage, and while the threat was bogus, that number produced a real bonus. 

"Our investigators were able to not only able to identify the caller to that bomb threat, they were also able to learn that this 21-year-old was responsible for distributing heroin close to actually some elementary schools," said Elena Russo of the Maryland State Police.
Investigators then texted Savage's phone seeking to purchase heroin, and the suspect arranged a deal---10 gel capsules for a hundred bucks to be exchanged within 600 feet of Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School.
Now, Savage faces charges on both the drug and terror threat fronts, and the streets surrounding the school just grew a little bit safer.

All, because of a cell phone used for no good on several fronts.

"I think it's wrong.  It shouldn't happen,” said Summers, “There are a lot of kids.  They should be able to get their education without that being around the school."

And Savage wasn't the only one busted.
A second suspect, 20-year-old Michael Lamont Smith, also faces distribution charges for his alleged role in the drug deal near the school.