Howard police officer guilty in cocaine deal

September 17, 1991|By Michael J. Clark | Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun

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.

Thomas, a former military policeman, told two female undercover agents that he knew someone who would sell them crack cocaine and he acted as a go-between, furnishing them with a beeper number of the dealer. He also helped the women get in phone contact with the dealer, but he left the negotiations to the parties, the federal prosecutor said.

The undercover agents bought nearly 2 ounces of crack from the dealer for $3,000. Thomas received no money for arranging the deals and apparently made the arrangements in an effort to impress the women undercover agents, Ms. Smith said.

Thomas, formerly of the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road in Columbia, is being held in lieu of bond in a federal halfway house pending his sentencing.

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