Baltimore sees 50-percent decline in drug arrests in December

Arrest data from Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Center (CBIC) shows a precipitous decline in drug arrests in Baltimore City, continuing an ongoing slide that has become more pronounced since Maryland's marijuana-decriminalization law went into effect on Oct. 1. In December there were 507 drug arrests processed at CBIC, down from 1,018 in December 2013, a 50.2-percent decline.

On one day, Dec. 14, only six drug-arrests were made, compared to 22 on Dec. 14, 2013.

City Paper's analysis shows that overall arrests are down, too, though more modestly. In 2014, 40,468 arrests were processed at CBIC, down from 44,109 in 2013, a decrease of 8.25 percent. The overall arrest numbers for December, though, show a large, 29-percent drop, from 3,106 in December 2013 to 2,204 last month.

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