A U.S. District Court jury convicted two brothers yesterday on narcotics charges in a case in which a former Baltimore police officer earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Derry L. Williams, 33, of the 5500 block of Radecke Ave. and Tracy Williams, 23, of the 2200 block of Prentiss Place guilty of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and drug conspiracy charges.
Derry Williams also was convicted of a handgun violation but Tracy Williams was acquitted of that charge.
Each of the drug convictions carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison without parole. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 8 before Judge Frederic N. Smalkin.
The Williams brothers were with a key figure in the drug investigation when they were arrested in downtown Baltimore in March by city police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
Defense attorneys Jack B. Rubin and William M. Monfried told the jury in closing arguments yesterday that the government's case was flawed because it relied on an informant with a criminal record and a history of deceptive business practices.
They said their clients knew Darryl Bolling, the target of the drug investigation, but were unaware that he was involved in a drug deal at the time of their arrests.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Jackson said the Williams brothers were accompanying Bolling to divide profits from drug dealing and that they tried to get rid of the drugs by throwing them out of the window of their vehicle when they were being chased by police.
Lisa Ann Evans, 23, of the 5200 block of Leith Ave. was a rookie police officer when she was arrested during another phase of the investigation.
Evans resigned from the force immediately after being charged.
She pleaded guilty on Monday to helping Bolling, her boyfriend, sell heroin to an undercover investigator on March 20.
Bolling also has pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. He and Evans are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25.