Drug suspect denied bail 2nd time Accused kingpin is Emory in-law

January 20, 1993

A Circuit Court judge yesterday denied bail a second time to Roger Lee Emory, charged as a drug kingpin in what prosecutors say was one of the biggest drug operations in the county's history.

Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. said yesterday the fact that Mr. Emory, 43, of Glen Burnie, faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison outweighs defense arguments that he poses no danger to the community and a minimum risk of flight.

Mr. Emory had been denied bail by a District Court judge at a hearing shortly after his Oct. 29 arrest. He remains in the county detention center.

His attorney, Timothy Murnane, asked in a hearing last week that a bail amount be set, arguing that his client has been married 22 years, shares the house he owns with his wife and daughter and has lived in the county for the past 35 years.

If convicted as a drug kingpin, Mr. Emory faces a sentence of 20 to 40 years without parole, said Deputy State's Attorney Gerald K. Anders.

Mr. Anders argued that no bail amount should be set. He said Mr. Emory was part of a "board of directors" running a multistate drug ring and that when the defendant and nine others were arrested Oct. 29, police confiscated between 400 and 500 pounds of marijuana, $321,000 in cash, 15 cars and five boats.

Mr. Emory's sister-in-law, Patricia Emory, a Severna Park elementary school principal, had been charged as a drug kingpin in the case. But charges against her were dropped after a review of the evidence by State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.

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