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16 indicted for drug trafficking in West Baltimore after 10-month investigation

Posted at 5:30 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 23:18:56-05

BALTIMORE — The city’s states attorney and the police commissioner announced details about a murder and attempted kidnapping connected to two drug trafficking organizations.

The ten-month investigation started back in February that happened in the area of the 1800 block of Edmondson Avenue. It was a deadly West Baltimore shooting in the first ceasefire weekend of the year.

Investigators said drug trafficking in and around that area which led to the violence there.

They said they found guns and over 100 grams of fentanyl and 68 grams of cocaine following seven search and seizures.

According to investigators, the main two involved were Jamal McCoy and Calvin Sanders.

Sanders was charged with first degree murder of Jasper Thomas.

Thomas’ mother, Darlene Julius she was grateful for everyone involved in this investigation and said this helps her family move forward.

"We all have moments...start to helping us heal," said Julius.

The commissioner and Marilyn Mosby said this was all possible because of a collaborative effort and how drug arrests help curb the violence.

All together, 15 people are in custody. At this time, Wayne England is the only one they haven't brought in yet.

England, Sanders and Donnell Briscoe were also charged with conspiracy and attempt to kidnap. Two others out of the group, Dan Burley and Der'Rol Jones face attempted first degree murder charges.

Mosby did not release any information about the attempted kidnapping case or the potential motive for Thomas' murder.