A Howard County police officer charged with arranging a cocaine deal at the Fort Meade Non-Commissioned Officers Club last April has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one count of distributing cocaine, a federal prosecutor said yesterday.
As part of the plea bargain, Gregory Albert Thomas, who had been with the county police force for three years, has resigned from the department. He had been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case since his arrest May 17.
Thomas, 28, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frank A. Kaufman Dec. 3. Assistant U.S. attorney Andrea Smith said she and her co-counsel, Brent J. Gurney, will request an eight-year prison sentence. Thomas was arrested in an undercover Army investigation into allegations of drug dealing at the NCO club, Ms. Smith said.