Prosecutors have dropped marijuana distribution charges against 76-year-old Nellie Beatrice Widener and four other people, while obtaining convictions of several others who were arrested last September as part of a drug ring in northern Baltimore County.
Mrs. Widener's grandson, Steven Widener, 27, of Freeland, agreed to proceed without trial on the prosecutor's statement of facts. Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II found him guilty of marijuana possession and imposed a one-year suspended sentence.
Kathryn Widener, 30, received probation before judgment on a single drug possession charge.
The only defendant in the case who did not draw probation was Robert Wayne Six, 34, of the 19700 block of Graystone Road in White Hall. He was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of drugs for distribution.
His wife, Gail Six, 33, was given a five-year suspended sentence for possession with intent to distribute drugs and lost her job as a county school bus driver. Her route served Dulaney High School, Pot Spring Elementary School and a day-care center at Cockeysville Middle School.
The dismissal of charges against Nellie Widener had been expected after a ruling last October by Judge Fader, who said county police lacked probable cause for a wiretap at her home on York Road in Sparks.
The judge found wiretaps on two other defendants inadmissible as evidence because the man and woman discussed fishing and sex at length before there was any mention of drugs. He ruled that the police should have stopped listening long before that.
Several other defendants received suspended sentences and fines after guilty pleas on drug possession and distribution charges.
They included Gary Murray Jr., 22, of White Hall; Neil A. Weinberger, 25, of Sparks; Jerry L. Weeks, 33, of Cedar Tree Court, Cockeysville, and Dale A. Sheppard, 37, of White Hall.
Laura Fletcher, 25, with no current address, received probation before judgment on a possession of marijuana charge.
Charges were dropped against Joseph P. Walker, 40, who was staying with the Sixes when arrested; Lelona McGinnity, 25, of Stephens City, Va.; Robert Stegman, 34, of Sparks, and Anthony Coyce, 56, who had no fixed address.