Jail officer is charged in drug-related threat

February 27, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A state correctional officer has been charged with assault for allegedly threatening to shoot a man over a $40 drug deal that went awry, police said.

Jason Angelo Smith, 35, of the 1700 block of Wadsworth Way in Northeast Baltimore was arrested Thursday night and charged with assault and handgun and narcotics violations, police said.

Officer Smith was being held yesterday at the Northeastern District lockup, awaiting a bail hearing, police said.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for the Division of Correction, said yesterday that Officer Smith, a 12-year veteran, is a transportation officer at the Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. In that capacity, Officer Smith is authorized to carry a .38-caliber handgun, Mr. Sipes said.

Mr. Sipes said the matter is being investigated internally and that personnel action concerning Officer Smith will be taken Monday.

According to police, about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of East 29th Street, Officer Smith allegedly gave a 29-year-old man $40 to purchase some cocaine for him.

Michael Wimbush, who lives in the 1500 block, told police that he gave the money to a man believed to be a drug dealer but that the man ran off with the $40.

Mr. Wimbush told police that when he told Officer Smith what had happened, the guard allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot him.

Mr. Wimbush then reported the incident to police.

Mr. Wimbush also told police that Officer Smith had in his possession a pipe in which, police said, they later found suspected narcotics residue.

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