4 city men indicted in food-stamp case

July 17, 1992

A federal grand jury indicted four Baltimore men yesterday on charges of using cocaine to buy food stamps from two undercover U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agents.

The 13-count indictment lodged federal charges against Karl Walter Darr of the 3900 block of E. Pratt St.; Terry Shelton Whitcomb of the 100 block of Northeast Ave.; Rodney Paul Cole, no fixed address; and Clement Alexander Earle, also no fixed address.

Charges included illegally acquiring food-stamp coupons and distribution of cocaine.

According to an affidavit filed by USDA Special Agent James P. Knorr, the men used cocaine to buy food stamps from him beginning in April 1991, when Mr. Earle allegedly gave him five-eighths of an ounce of cocaine in exchange for $2,500 worth of stamps.

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