Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 5/25/2017

Southwest Baltimore— Tariq Washington was found guilty of four drug related charges, including possession with the intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jay Malik prosecuted the case.

On December 1, 2016, plain-clothed police officers were observing the activity taking place at a well-known open air drug market operating in the 2600 block of Haefer Street in Southwest Baltimore’s Shipley Hill neighborhood.

Police saw an older man walking away from a suspected distribution location and drove closer to the location to investigate further. Several men in the area warned Washington to leave before police arrived. Police saw Washington—who was wearing a black ski mask—get up from a cinder block and flee the area.

A separate team of officers apprehended Washington, while the initial group of officers collected the heroin and cocaine stashed next to the cinder block.

“Officers know that area to be a drug market and anyone who wants to deal there ought to think twice about it,” ASA Malik said.

Washington is a Shipley Hill resident.

“Washington was contributing to the destruction of his own neighborhood” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  “There is a strong correlation between drugs and violence, and neither will be tolerated in the communities of Baltimore City.”

Washington is scheduled for sentencing on August 17, 2017. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for his crimes.