The 50-plus cops sent to the downtown and Inner Harbor on summer weekends are indeed finding criminals. Last weekend alone (Thursday night through early Sunday), they made 40 arrests, including 10 for drugs and two for guns.
Police released the stats as the debate over how to combat crime in the city's premier tourist attraction continues, with two state lawmakers now saying the city should admit its overwhelmed and ask for state police intervention.
Read more details about that plea, and the city's stern rejection, in today's story. Two of the arrests made last weekend were for guns. Here are some details of those arrests not contained in today's daily story:
* Police said the two gun seizures made during the extra downtown deployment occurred May 31. In the first case, an officer questioning a suspicious man at Saratoga and Howard streets, near Lexington Market. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested when he ran and was caught a few blocks later armed with a small black handgun, police said.
* Later that same evening, police said officers spotted a red and white dirt bike being driven south on Light Street near the harbor. A police helicopter followed it from above and officers arrested a 21-year-old man after he threw a bag over a fence along East Patapsco Ave. in Brooklyn. Police said the bag contained 120 vials of suspected crack cocaine, a gun and $532 in cash.
On Wednesday afternoon, police said officers riding horses in the Mounted Unit made another gun arrest, this one near Lexington Market. It occurred about 1:30 p.m. Few details were immediately available, but someone got a picture of it and sent it to police, who put it on their Twitter page. Tha's the photo above.
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