By ELLEN LYON
Drug dealers from New York and Baltimore are invading Hagerstown, representing a more violent, "street smart" generation of criminals, local law enforcement officials told a joint meeting of the Hagerstown Mayor and Council and the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon.
"We're facing some alarming statistics," Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades said. "There's some bad people out on the street."
The Washington County Narcotics Task Force handled 145 cases in 1995 and 196 cases in 1996, Director Charles R. Summers said.
So far in 1997, the task force, which has eight officers, has handled 62 cases and, if that rate continues, the number could reach about 250 cases by year's end, Summers said.