Former officer gets suspended term in drug case

July 14, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

A Baltimore police officer who resigned following her arrest in a drug-conspiracy case has been given a suspended three-year prison sentence and 18 months of probation, the city state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

Monique Hill, 23, was a recent police academy graduate and probationary officer in the Southeastern District at the time of her arrest in June 1991 -- one of more than a dozen people rounded up after a nine-month investigation by local, state and federal authorities.

She pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to distribute heroin in connection with a major drug ring allegedly operated by James C. Harris, a former New York resident living in Woodlawn. She was sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court by Judge Roger W. Brown.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration said Harris, who was on probation from a handgun conviction in New York, is scheduled for trial later this month on drug charges along with two other men in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. Four others are to be tried in September on state charges.

Four more defendants in the case are to be sentenced on state charges in coming weeks, including Hill's boyfriend, Kenneth Washington, 31, authorities said.

The Baltimore state's attorney's office said Hill was heard talking to Washington in telephone conversations intercepted by investigators, and admitted to knowledge of the drug trafficking and allowing her car to be used by her boyfriend to consummate several narcotics transactions.

Hill also aided Washington after his arrest by attempting to hide the location of his true address from the DEA and other investigators, prosecutors said.

According to the DEA, a charge against another probationary officer arrested in the case was not prosecuted.

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