Documents expert outlines drug ring activity for jury

April 15, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

An FBI documents expert testified yesterday he could explain how the largest marijuana ring in county history worked, but he could not tell whether James Emory was the head of that operation.

"I can detect how the business operates, the sales and the purchases of marijuana," Kent Paulin said in Circuit Court. "But I can't determine whether one person is in charge, or is the courier or what."

Prosecutors closed their case against James and Roger Emory with Mr. Paulin, who led jurors through an explanation of the documents seized Oct. 29 when police raided James Emory's home, in the 1200 block of Villa Isle Court in Pasadena, and other locations.

The case is expected to continue through today. Both men face up to 40 years in jail if they are convicted of drug kingpin charges.

Mr. Paulin's explanation supported the testimony of Lawrence C. Leiben, a co-defendant who pleaded guilty to lesser charges and testified against the Emorys.

Leiben showed the jury tally sheets that described payments to James Emory for about 15 drug deliveries from June 1991 until his arrest in October and testified that the alleged ring dates to the 1970s.

Mr. Paulin said the documents, which also were seized from Roger Emory's home in the 7700 block of West Drive in Glen Burnie and Philip Dulany's home in the 1000 block of Woodlawn Avenue in Pasadena, depict a business that dealt in marijuana and sold to several other smaller businesses or dealers.

The documents show payments and balances of different clients. The initials L.L., M.E. and other names are listed next to amounts of money or marijuana, he testified.

James Emory often is referred to by his middle name, Mitch, in trial testimony.

"This business purchased units and then sold them to 'LL' account," he said. ". . . the LL account is paying this business for the drugs they receive."

He said it appeared from the documents that "M.E." was accepting the payments, or the payments were going to him.

Leiben testified Thursday that James Emory, 47, was the head of the ring and described Roger Emory, 43, as a partner in the business. But Mr. Paulin testified that he could not tell from the records whether the business was a partnership or not.

Mr. Paulin testified that according to records taken from Roger Emory's house, Roger Emory sold only 45 pounds of marijuana, five short of the total necessary to qualify as a drug kingpin.

James Emory's initials on Leiben's tally sheets verified Leiben's payments to Mr. Emory, he said.

Leiben had a receipt that showed a $17,000 payment to Roger Emory on Oct. 11, 1992, and a $13,700 payment to James Emory on Oct. 22, 1992.

When the Emory brothers were arrested, police seized $17,158 from Roger Emory's home and $12,580 in a briefcase under James and Patricia Emory's bed.

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