Baltimore officer guilty of buying cocaine is fired

November 21, 1990|By Roger Twigg

A Baltimore police officer who paid a drug dealer for a gram of cocaine with a personal check was fired from the force yesterday, the police said.

Officer Carl V. Smith, 35, who had been assigned to the Youth Section in the department's Community Service Division, was ordered off the force by Police Commissioner Edward V. Woods.

A departmental trial board had found Officer Smith guilty Nov. 12 of purchasing cocaine from a known drug dealer on 10 occasions while under surveillance by the department's Internal Investigation Division.

Michael A. Fry, an assistant city solicitor, said the investigation into Officer Smith's alleged drug activities began when the police looked into allegations that a narcotics detective, Jesse McClain Jr., was dealing in narcotics. McClain was subsequently charged criminally with narcotics violations and is now serving a federal prison term.

It was shown during the departmental hearing that Officer Smith and McClain made numerous trips to the drug dealer and that each purchased one-half gram of cocaine for their personal use on each trip, Mr. Fry said.

Mr. Fry said that on one early morning trip, the two officers ran out of money and asked the drug dealer if they could purchase a whole gram of cocaine with a personal check.

The man initially balked, citing his position as a drug dealer, Mr. Fry said. But because the two officers were such good customers, the drug dealer made an exception, the attorney said.

Mr. Fry said no criminal charges were lodged against Officer Smith.

Officer Smith, who has the right to appeal to the Circuit Court, was represented by George Bush, a legal representative for the Fraternal Order of Police. Mr. Bush did not return phone calls requesting comment.


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