A coalition of Prince George's County black business and political activists last week called on the county government to implement a series of initiatives to help fight the growing drug trade, which they said directly impedes economic development in the black community there.

The coalition's proposals, including a policy of placing police cadets in the high schools and police mobile surveillence and detention units in neighborhoods hardest hit by drug trafficking, follows a highly publicized crackdown on drugs announced by County Executive Parris Glendening last month. It also comes after the drug-related killing of five people at an apartment complex in the predominantly black, middle-class community of Landover nearly four weeks ago.

"Drugs is one of the biggest problems that could get in the way of our success," said Richard Steve Brown, executive director of the county chapter of the NAACP. "It does no good to fight for {economic development} programs if the people they would benefit are . . . strung out."

The group calling for the initiatives is the Coalition for Black Economic Development, an umbrella organization made up of such groups as the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Business League of Southern Maryland.

While coalition members have been at odds with Glendening in the past, most recently over his opposition to a proposal to mandate that 30 percent of county contracts go to minority-owned companies, they stopped short of directly criticizing the county executive's "war on drugs," saying instead that more needs to be done.

"We are the biggest critics of the county executive when he is wrong, but we think he's right on this one," said Wilbert Wilson, a coalition member.

Glendening has proposed spending $6 million during the next two years to stem the drug trade by hiring 100 new police officers, hiring additional drug investigators and prosecutors and boosting drug education and treatment programs.

Tim Ayers, spokesman for Glendening, said the county executive welcomes the coalition's interest in helping to fight the war on illegal drug trade.

"It's real important for community-based people to get involved in the effort," Ayers said. "I hope they can work directly with the citizens group that we have established."

That seven-member task force, headed by Del. James C. Rosapepe (D-College Park), was created by Glendening last month as part of the antidrug effort to spearhead community involvement.

Under the coalition program, among other proposals, police cadets would be assigned to schools with drug problems, and mobile units, each equipped with satellite hook-ups to police stations and on-board detention facilities, would be assigned to high-crime areas.

Coalition members will ask Glendening and the County Council to consider the proposals and called for the county, state and federal governments, churches and private business to fund the measures. Coalition members announcing the proposals said they did not have an estimate of the costs.

The group also proposes that the state pass legislation to deny driver's licenses to convicted drug dealers. Members also called for laws to deny the dealers permission to purchase property or rent apartments or establish credit or debts for five years after release from prison.

The proposals have been criticized by county officials as unconstitutional.

Douglas Foster, a coalition member who helped draft the proposals, conceded that many of them are extreme, but said leniency will not "deter drug use."