Principal accused as kingpin testifies to grand jury ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

December 08, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

The Severna Park school principal accused of being a drug kingpin testified for five hours yesterday before the county grand jury. But the panel did not hand up an indictment, her lawyer said.

That does not mean the charges have been dropped, however. The investigation is continuing.

Patricia Emory left the state's attorney's office about 2 p.m. smiling. She did not comment on her testimony. Her lawyer, E. Thomas Maxwell, said he was confident her testimony went well.

It was like "taking Mother Teresa" to the grand jury, he said.

"When you are representing an innocent person, you always feel good," Mr. Maxwell added. "Mrs. Emory has cooperated and she will continue to cooperate."

Frank R. Weathersbee, state's attorney, could not be reached for comment last night.

Mrs. Emory, 45, was arrested Oct. 29 during a raid of 17 locations in which police seized about 400 pounds of marijuana in Glen Burnie and Harford County as well as $320,000. Police arrested 10 people.

Originally, police reported that they seized 800 pounds of marijuana, but last week they revised that estimate downward.

Since her arrest, Mrs. Emory has maintained her innocence, and she and her lawyers have waged an aggressive publicity campaign.

Mrs. Emory's husband, James Mitchell Emory, and his brother, Roger Lee Emory, were indicted last month on drug kingpin charges. If convicted, they could face up to 40 years in prison.

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