Safe Streets worker accused of running drug organization

Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 18:43:07-05

On Friday, Terrell Allen, also known as ‘Fat Relly,’ made his first appearance in federal court on charges he was running a drug operation out of Latrobe Homes while working for Safe Streets Baltimore.

The investigation was conducted by Baltimore Police and ATF involving video surveillance and wire taps to build their case.

Allen, in part court documents say, used the Safe Streets office on East Monument Street to conduct business.

The feds intercepted many of his calls through his work cell phone. Allen along with eight others are now accused of trafficking heroin and cocaine throughout Baltimore city.

Reached by phone today, Allen's attorney Gerald Ruter said his client plans to plead not guilty to the charges and says Allen has done some very important work in helping to reduce violence in east Baltimore.

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The Baltimore City Health Department is responding as well saying while it is monitoring these charges against Allen. Commissioner Leana Wen says she, "stands by this science-based, evidence-based model that treats violence as a public health issue and has been proven to save lives."

This is not the first time Safe Streets East Baltimore has been a problem for law enforcement.

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Most recently in 2015, police seized guns and drugs in that location, arresting nine people.

The health department ended up closing down that chapter temporarily and retraining members of the program.