Moneyland:07' Drug underworld

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Moneyland:07' Drug underworld

Postby Qdawg » January 4th, 2007, 1:52 am

Five men indicted on drug charges
Originally published January 4, 2007

A grand jury in Baltimore indicted five defendants yesterday after federal drug agents seized 23 kilograms of cocaine last month and arrested the men involved in the delivery to Howard County on conspiracy charges.

The defendants -- Alejandero Arango-Lopez, 38, Jesus Luis Sanchez-Cuevas, 30, Julio Grano, 29, of Reidsville, N.C.; Juan Gonzalez, 29, of Guadalajara, Mexico; and Christopher Devan Towns, 41, of Raleigh, N.C. -- remained in jail. No court dates have been set.

According to court documents, a state trooper in North Carolina stopped the tractor-trailer Arango-Lopez was driving Dec. 18 for speeding. The trooper found cocaine in the vehicle, authorities said.

Court documents show that Drug Enforcement Administration agents learned that Sanchez-Cuevas and Arango-Lopez were delivering the cocaine from California to the truck stop at Exit 35 off Interstate 95 in Howard County. Sanchez-Cuevas and Arango-Lopez were to deliver the cocaine to Grano and others and were to be paid $10,000 each for the delivery, documents said.

Federal agents intercepted the delivery and arrested the men. If convicted, the defendants could receive a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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Postby Qdawg » January 5th, 2007, 2:16 am

Drug arrest // Police reported seizing 14 gelatin capsules of heroin from a 16-year-old and $260 and 22 small plastic bags with cocaine from his pockets after stopping him about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 3400 block of McShane Way. He was charged as a juvenile with possession with intent to distribute the drugs and released to his parents.
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Postby Qdawg » January 6th, 2007, 2:54 am

Gang member who shot officer gets life for drug crimes
Jan 6, 2007

He shot an Anne Arundel County Police officer. Now, he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars. Calvin Ignatius Savoy, 29, of Severn, was sentenced to life in federal prison Friday for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and for using a gun in a drug-trafficking crime.

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis, who sentenced Savoy, said he had "little doubt that a life sentence in this case is appropriate. The cold-blooded shooting of an officer in front of scores of witnesses ... reflects a depravity this community cannot tolerate, ever," according to prosecutors.

"Although he is only 29 years old, Calvin Savoy will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said. "This case should serve as a warning to anyone else who considers dealing drugs in Maryland."

Prosecutors say from 2002 until 2005, Savoy and his fellow gang members, who called themselves the "Pioneer Boys," packaged and stored cocaine and crack cocaine for street sales in a community known as "Pioneer City" in Severn. Gang members put graffiti on walls, streets and mailboxes to warn citizens not to cooperate with law enforcement, and they used violence against competing drug traffickers in open view of the community to deter citizens from cooperating with police, prosecutors said.

Savoy also shot Anne Arundel County police officer William Hicks once in the arm in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road in Odenton on Sept. 11, 2004, prosecutors said. Hicks has recovered and returned to duty. Six of Savoy's fellow gang members pleaded guilty to cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy charges, prosecutors said
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Postby Qdawg » January 8th, 2007, 4:15 pm

Traffic Stop Leads To Cocaine Bust

(Salisbury, MD) -- A Chance man faces numerous charges after police say they found more than two ounces of cocaine in his car. Officers say they pulled over the vehicle for traffic violations near East Naylor Mill Road and Route-13 Saturday night. Police say a search of the vehicle resulted in officials finding 64 grams of crack and powder cocaine. Authorities also recovered hundreds of dollars of cash and a digital scale. The driver, 45-year-old Ronnie Bivens, was arrested and is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center.
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Postby Qdawg » January 10th, 2007, 2:32 am

Arrests // The driver and passenger of a car stopped for traffic violations on northbound Interstate 95 about 9 a.m. yesterday by Maryland Transportation Authority Police were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute after police observed a marijuana cigarette on the console of their rented 2006 Honda. The driver, a convicted felon, also was charged with possession of a firearm. In the car, police also found 14 grams of marijuana, 112 grams of cocaine, $4,516 and a loaded .38-caliber revolver. Held at the county detention center were the driver, Michael Damon Blocker, 23, of Brunswick, Georgia, and Demetrus Lee Meggett, 25, of Brooklyn, New York.
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Postby Qdawg » January 11th, 2007, 1:38 am

Woman Indicted For Drug Smuggling At BWI-Marshall
Jan 11, 2007

(WJZ/AP) Anne Arundel County, MD A San Diego woman has been indicted in Anne Arundel County for allegedly trying to bring a rare illegal drug into the U.S. from Britain.

WJZ's Kathryn Brown talked to Maryland Transportation Authority Police officials who said 30-year old Catherine Paul was indicted January 5th.

An MDTA police detective testified to an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury that Paul was caught with a highly addictive drug that is smoked, stewed and even chewed by users.

Paul allegedly brought nearly 78 pounds of Khat (Cot) into Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from London's Heathrow Airport. She was initially being held on $1 million bond, but her bond has been reduced to $250,000.

Police officials said Khat is not a drug they normally see. He said it's a plant that grows in eastern Africa that produces cocaine and morphine-like effects when chewed.

"Whenever we see new drugs pop up, new trends, especially in the drug world, we get concerned ," said police spokesman Mike Gimbel.

Officials also said the Khat in Paul's suitcases had a street value of about $22,000. She is now scheduled to have a bail hearing on Friday.
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Postby Qdawg » January 11th, 2007, 1:39 am

[quote="Qdawg"]Woman Indicted For Drug Smuggling At BWI-Marshall
Jan 11, 2007

(WJZ/AP) Anne Arundel County, MD A San Diego woman has been indicted in Anne Arundel County for allegedly trying to bring a rare illegal drug into the U.S. from Britain.

WJZ's Kathryn Brown talked to Maryland Transportation Authority Police officials who said 30-year old Catherine Paul was indicted January 5th.

An MDTA police detective testified to an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury that Paul was caught with a highly addictive drug that is smoked, stewed and even chewed by users.

Paul allegedly brought nearly 78 pounds of Khat (Cot) into Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from London's Heathrow Airport. She was initially being held on $1 million bond, but her bond has been reduced to $250,000.

Police officials said Khat is not a drug they normally see. He said it's a plant that grows in eastern Africa that produces cocaine and morphine-like effects when chewed.

"Whenever we see new drugs pop up, new trends, especially in the drug world, we get concerned ," said police spokesman Mike Gimbel.

Officials also said the Khat in Paul's suitcases had a street value of about $22,000. She is now scheduled to have a bail hearing on Friday.[/quote]

Woman indicted in drug case
Originally published January 11, 2007

A California woman was indicted on charges of trafficking in khat, a leafy stimulant from Africa that Maryland Transportation Authority Police say they do not usually see at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted Catherine Anne Paul, 35, of San Diego this month on two counts, possession with intent to distribute khat and possession of 77.9 pounds of it as she came through the airport Dec. 7 on a flight from London, police said. She was being held on $250,000 bond, police said.
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Postby Qdawg » January 17th, 2007, 4:09 am

Drug arrest // Two Virginia men were arrested Saturday by Maryland Transportation Authority Police and charged with drug violations after the driver of the rented car in which they were traveling was stopped for speeding on southbound Interstate 95 in White Marsh. After police smelled burning marijuana coming from the 2007 Chevrolet, they searched the vehicle and found 80 grams of cocaine hidden under the console and wrapped in layers of plastic covered with grease. Police said the grease was used in an attempt to prevent detection of the cocaine by a drug-sniffing dog. Charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana were Charles Henry Wright Jr., 28, and Mikon Alexander Jones, 28, both of Dale City. They were being held at the county detention center in Towson on $500,000 bail each.
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Postby Qdawg » January 19th, 2007, 3:44 pm

Montgomery Co. officer wounded in shooting
Suspect also shot during undercover drug operation
Originally published January 19, 2007

A Montgomery County police officer and a suspect were both shot and wounded today during an undercover drug operation, police said.

The officer was wounded in the shoulder during an exchange of gunfire about 2 p.m. with two suspects at a park-and-ride lot, Lt. Eric Burnett said. One of the suspects, a 16-year-old, was critically injured. The second suspect was taken into custody. The officer was airlifted to an area hospital, Burnett said.

It was unclear this evening how the incident began or who fired the shots, but Burnett said the officer was involved in a drug investigation.
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Postby Qdawg » January 20th, 2007, 7:22 pm

[quote="Qdawg"]Montgomery Co. officer wounded in shooting
Suspect also shot during undercover drug operation
Originally published January 19, 2007

A Montgomery County police officer and a suspect were both shot and wounded today during an undercover drug operation, police said.

The officer was wounded in the shoulder during an exchange of gunfire about 2 p.m. with two suspects at a park-and-ride lot, Lt. Eric Burnett said. One of the suspects, a 16-year-old, was critically injured. The second suspect was taken into custody. The officer was airlifted to an area hospital, Burnett said.

It was unclear this evening how the incident began or who fired the shots, but Burnett said the officer was involved in a drug investigation.[/quote]

Montgomery Police Officer Recovers From Shooting
Jan 20, 2007

(WJZ) It's happened five times in the past month and a half: A police officer is shot in Maryland.

Friday night, we're learning more about the latest shooting that took place that afternoon in Burtonsville, Montgomery County.

WJZ's Kathryn Brown has new information from police.

It's still unclear what sparked the shootout or who fired first, but a teenage suspect is dead and an officer is recovering.

An undercover drug best went terribly wrong when a shootout erupted between a Montgomery County police officer and a teenage suspect. Both were shot; the teen was killed from bullets to the chest and stomach. The officer, D.H. Oakes, was hit in the shoulder and face and flown to shock trauma.

"The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. Detective Oakes was flown to shock trauma with non-life threatening injuries," an officer said.

Police arrest a second suspect as neighbors watch it all unfold.

"Like I say, I'm very shocked. Since I've been here, I've never heard of anything like that," said neighbor Stephan Achmou.

"I heard three shots and it was just bam, bam, bam" said a witness.

This shooting comes on the heels of a rash of violent attacks on police officers statewide. In September, Baltimore City Police Officer Robert Cirello was shot while patrolling Patterson Park. In December, City Officer Momodu Gondo was shot as he was getting off-duty. Days later, State Trooper Eric Workman was shot while serving an arrest warrant. Baltimore County Officer David Garner was shot during a robbery attempt. Last week, Baltimore City Police Officer Troy Chesley was gunned down, killed during a robbery attempt.

"This is the sort of mayhem and craziness that we see all too often," said Baltimore City Police Colonel Frederick Bealefeld.

The surge in violence comes at a time of transition for the state. Fresh in his new seat, Governor O'Malley is vowing to improve the correctional system and those seking to fill his mayoral seat pledge to make cracking down on city crime a top priority.

"We will not tolerage the continued trashing of our city, literally and figuratively," said Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

The officer involved in Friday's shooting is being placed on administrative leave; that is standard procedure after a police-involved shooting.
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Postby Qdawg » January 26th, 2007, 2:15 am

Two men, 3 women arrested in drug raids
Cash, guns, 92 pounds of pot seized
By Annie Linskey and Gus G. Sentementes
Sun reporters
Originally published January 26, 2007

Baltimore police heard a tantalizing rumor: A pair of men were selling about 100 pounds of marijuana a week in Hampden, Canton, Pigtown and Highlandtown.

Informants told detectives that marijuana was getting popular because cocaine was scarce. "No powder man, bud is where we're all running," said one informant, according to a police document obtained by The Sun.

Early yesterday, police officers raided a Sparrows Point bar, two homes in Dundalk and one home in Baltimore. Police said they arrested two men and three women and seized 92 pounds of marijuana. Police also said they seized $19,860 and five weapons.

"This is a good-sized raid," said Matt Jablow, a Police Department spokesman. "And it took a good amount of planning and coordination. We hope that we've disrupted a sizable portion of the marijuana trade in these areas."

Police from the city's organized crime division had been investigating two suspected dealers for several months, Jablow said. They teamed up with Baltimore County officers to make the raids, Jablow said, and began knocking on doors at 3 a.m. yesterday.

The officers hit a home that they had heard was a stash house in the 7200 block of Holabird Ave. in Dundalk. There, they said, they found 51 pounds of marijuana prepared for bulk sale. Police said they also found heroin and $2,130. They arrested two women.

Police said they arrested one of the men they were searching for behind the raided house and carrying 40 pounds of marijuana.

Officers also raided a home in the 100 block of German Hill Road in Dundalk. Officers said they seized a pound of marijuana and $5,000.

Police said they found another suspect in the midst of a high-stakes card game at 7 Card Pub, a tavern in the 2300 block of Ruth Ave. in Sparrows Point. He was arrested and the bar was shut down because of the suspected gambling.

A fourth raid took place in Baltimore, in the 600 block of Huntingdon Ave., near Druid Hill Park. Police arrested a woman there, and seized $8,200, marijuana and five guns, including an assault rifle.
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Postby Qdawg » January 31st, 2007, 4:48 pm

Texan Pleads Guilty In Major Maryland Drug Conspiracy Case

(Baltimore, MD) -- A Texas man has entered a guilty plea in what federal prosecutors are calling one of the largest drug investigations by postal inspectors in Maryland. Fifty-two-year-old Antonio Flores of Laredo today admitted he conspired with four others to distribute cocaine through the mail. According to the plea agreement, the defendants leased and used post office boxes in Glen Burnie, Elkridge, Hanover and Crofton along with three other states to mail the drugs and to transfer cash from the operation. Authorities say they also seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, as well as a large quantity of cocaine and drug packaging materials from several storage units leased by the men. All five defendants are facing maximum sentences of life in prison.
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Postby Qdawg » February 3rd, 2007, 5:53 am

10 years in cocaine case
Originally published February 3, 2007

A 39-year-old Baltimore man received a 10-year prison sentence yesterday for cocaine distribution and being a felon in possession of a handgun. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett increased the sentence for Thomas D. Dixon, who was convicted at trial, because of a prior conviction on a federal felony drug offense.
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Postby Qdawg » February 6th, 2007, 9:06 am

Drug arrest // After a Virginia motorist was stopped for speeding on southbound Interstate 95 on Saturday afternoon in Rosedale by a member of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police K-9 unit, the officer's dog alerted his handler to something in the trunk of the man's 2006 Chevrolet. In the trunk, the officer found an ice chest containing 8 pounds of marijuana worth about $1,000 per pound on the street. David A. Brown, 30, of Ashburn was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the county detention center.
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Postby Qdawg » March 1st, 2007, 10:04 pm

Gunman guilty of 2005 murder
Recovering addict one of 3 slain in city group home
By Julie Bykowicz
Sun reporter
Originally published February 28, 2007

The victims were middle-aged recovering addicts living in a group home in North Baltimore's Remington neighborhood. The gunmen, police believe, were young drug dealers who had come to collect.

Nathaniel Gulliver walked to a nearby ATM and drained his bank account to help his friend, Antwon Arthur, pay off a $300 marijuana debt. But the $140 he had to offer wasn't enough. The gunmen corralled five residents into a second-floor room and fatally shot Gulliver, Arthur and Steven Matthews. Two other residents escaped.

It was a crime that prompted calls for reform of group homes, a cottage industry the city health commissioner at the time called "a totally unregulated, uncatalogued set of services."

Yesterday, a Baltimore jury convicted one of the defendants, 28-year-old Derrick Taylor, of three counts of felony murder - convictions that could send him to prison for life, without the possibility of parole, when he is sentenced in April.

The second defendant, 30-year-old Corey McMillon, is to stand trial in April. He is already serving a sentence of life plus 20 years for an unrelated killing.

Police have described the triple killing as brazen. One police official said at the time that the gunmen killed Gulliver and Matthews simply to eliminate witnesses to the killing of Arthur, who was shot first.

Assistant State's Attorney Donald J. Giblin, a prosecutor for 32 years, said he couldn't be sure why the men were gunned down.

"Violence begets violence," he said yesterday. "It's almost like bloodlust."

It was late at night Jan. 10, 2005, when the gunmen burst into the group home in the 500 block of W. 27th St. When Arthur could not come up with the money he owed, Gulliver said he could help, police said. One of the gunmen apparently escorted Gulliver to an automated teller machine on nearby Charles Street, and he withdrew $140.

The pair returned to the group home. Prosecutors say they believe Taylor shot Arthur, and then McMillon shot Gulliver and Matthews. Each man was shot in the head, police said.

Resident Shawn Brown was shot several times in the back as he escaped out a second-floor window. A fifth man - whom prosecutors described as sitting immobile, frozen by fear - was not injured.

The two survivors testified at Taylor's trial.

Taylor's attorney, Sharon A.H. May, said her client has "maintained his innocence throughout," and she raised issues with the prosecution witnesses.

May said Brown, who identified Taylor as Arthur's killer, made the identification when he was on pain medication and without his glasses.

She described another witness - Taylor's former girlfriend, who was also charged in the killings until she agreed to cooperate with prosecutors - as untrustworthy.

"And there was absolutely no physical or forensic evidence linking my client to the crime," May said.

As police investigated the killings, city officials questioned whether group homes such as the one on 27th Street should be more closely regulated. A city task force set about trying to identify how many of the unlicensed homes are scattered throughout the city and estimated there could be as many as 2,000.

Now, two years later, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the city health commissioner, said an organization called Baltimore Area Supportive Housing has been trying to set voluntary standards for group homes.

Sharfstein said the homeless services division of the Health Department plans to coordinate with that organization to find funding and better monitor group homes - which are called "supportive housing" - for recovering addicts.

"Supportive housing is desperately needed, especially for [recovering addicts] who don't want to go back into their neighborhoods," he said.

By the time jurors reached a verdict yesterday in the Taylor case, they were on their fifth day of deliberations and had asked at least a dozen questions - leading some to fear a mistrial.

In court yesterday, the forewoman announced that jurors were hopelessly deadlocked on all three first-degree murder counts, two of the three second-degree murder counts and attempted-murder and assault charges.

But all 12 agreed that Taylor was guilty of felony murder and of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Arthur.

Unlike first-degree murder, in which prosecutors must prove that a defendant's conduct was "willful and deliberate," felony murder requires only that the prosecutor prove a killing took place while a felony, such as a rape or an armed robbery, was being committed.

The jury also convicted Taylor on every gun count - 10 in all. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 10.

Even as he left the courtroom in handcuffs yesterday, Taylor told the lead detective, Charles Bealefeld, that he was "an innocent man. I hope you're happy now."

"Have a nice day," Bealefeld replied.

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Postby Qdawg » March 3rd, 2007, 2:17 am

Man admits possessing 350 pounds of mariijuana
Originally published March 3, 2007

A 43-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to possessing about $400,000 worth of marijuana.

According to the plea agreement, a law enforcement officer saw Chester Griffiths' vehicle at a truck stop in Howard County on June 15.

After discovering that the vehicle's registration had been suspended, the officer found more than 350 pounds of marijuana inside.

Griffiths could receive a maximum of life in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz scheduled sentencing for April 17.

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Postby Qdawg » April 20th, 2007, 1:55 pm

4 arrests made in Gwynn Oak area
Police find drugs, weapons in house
Originally published April 20, 2007

Four Northwest Baltimore men were arrested last night in a house in the Gwynn Oak neighborhood and charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and unlawful possession of deadly weapons, police said.

Nine members of the Northwest District's drug unit forcibly entered a house in the 5500 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. at 5 p.m. and arrested the men on search and seizure warrants, said Sgt. Ronald Beverly, who heads the unit.

The arrests came after police received tips two weeks ago that drugs were being sold from the house. Police made an undercover drug purchase as part of a follow-up investigation, Beverly said.

Marijuana and cocaine, three rifles, five handguns, nearly $7,300 and drug paraphernalia were seized, he said. The suspects were being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center pending bail hearings. They were Bernard Bell, 51, a resident of the raided house; Lamont Andrews, 26, of the 5100 block of Dickey Hill Road; Gamon Nkrumah, 26, of the 5300 block of Fernpark Ave.; and Eric Bell, 50, of the 2900 block of Eldorado Ave.

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Postby Qdawg » June 7th, 2007, 3:15 pm

Drug investigation leads to charges for 20
Authorities make 11 arrests, seize 500,000 vials from city warehouse
By Matthew Dolan
Sun Reporter
Originally published June 7, 2007, 12:00 PM EDT

A nine-month heroin taskforce investigation led federal agents and Baltimore police to charge 20 people with drug-related crimes today, Drug Enforcement Administration officials confirmed.

So far today, authorities have arrested 11 of the 20 wanted people from the southern, western and southwest districts of the city, with a concentration along Pennsylvania Avenue, according to DEA spokesman Ed Marcinko.

Agents also served 10 search and seizure warrants, including one targeting a warehouse where investigators found more than 500,000 vials that are used to hold heroin, officials said.

While the 20 people sought today are from a single drug organization, Marcinko said, the stash of vials was used to package heroin for several drug organizations in the city.

Before today, Marcinko said the investigation charged 15 people and seized a kilogram of heroin, 120 grams of crack cocaine, three handguns and $40,000 in cash.

"From the information we learned from those people, we believe we prevented two homicides," Marcinko said.

Carl Kotowski, assistant special agent in charge of the Baltimore DEA office, city Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm and members of the Baltimore State's Attorney's office have scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference today to formally announce their investigation.

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