Judges rules marijuana can be used as evidence Rejects challenge to search warrants

February 26, 1993

Prosecutors can use hundreds of pounds of marijuana seized during a search as evidence against a Glen Burnie man charged as a drug kingpin, a Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.

Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. denied a motion filed by George T. Johnson, 47, to suppress evidence. Mr. Johnson is charged, along with eight co-defendants, with operating what police say was one of the biggest drug rings in county history.

Attorney Michael F. Gilligan argued Wednesday before Judge Goudy that there was insufficient evidence to issue search warrants in October for storage lockers his client rented.

He said police only focused on Mr. Johnson after he used his house as collateral to post $75,000 bail to free his friend, William Bailey Jr., 46, who had been arrested on drug charges in June.

The trial for Mr. Johnson and Mr. Bailey is tentatively scheduled ,, to start in April.

Four other men charged as kingpins after the Oct. 29 raids also have been indicted and are awaiting trial: James Mitchell Emory, 47, of Pasadena; his brother, Roger Lee Emory, 43, of Glen Burnie, Philip B. Dulany, 48, of Pasadena, and Lawrence Leiben, 49, of Millersville.

Charges against Severna Park Elementary School Principal Patricia Emory and the wife of James Emory, who also was arrested and charged as a kingpin, were dropped.

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