Lawyer pleads guilty to drug charge GLEN BURNIE

June 04, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 27-year-old Pasadena lawyer faces prison and disbarment after pleading guilty to a drug charge yesterday, in a case that focused on him when police found his business card and marijuana in a high school student's backpack.

David K. Guite, of the 8000 block of Corkberry Lane, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He faces up to five years in prison and $15,000 in fines when sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. July 28.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said Guite, who has a law office in the 200 block of Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, was arrested after an investigation that began in September when undercover officers bought drugs from two men at a Brooklyn Park tavern.

Robert Hughes, 23, a Jamaican national, and Frank Martin, 19, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana.

Ms. Ferris said the two men identified their supplier as a 16-year-old male student from Brooklyn Park, and Michael Brown, an 18-year-old from Baltimore.

Police when to the 16-year-old's house, in the 5000 block of Brookwood Road in Brooklyn Park, identified themselves and asked if they could search his home and his school backpack. They found eight packets of marijuana and Guite's business card in the backpack.

The 16-year-old told police that "Lawyer Dave" was their source for the drugs, and the student agreed to work with police. The 16-year-old telephoned Guite, and in a call monitored by police, arranged to meet with the attorney to pay him back $400 the 16-year-old owed Guite.

When the 16-year-old and Mr. Brown met with Guite the next morning, the lawyer told an undercover officer with the 16-year-old that he could get him up to a pound of marijuana within 24 hours. He also offered the teen-agers a free ounce of marijuana if they bought three ounces from him, Ms. Ferris said.

Guite was arrested when the $400 changed hands, she said.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana and was adjudicated in juvenile court, Ms. Ferris said. Mr. Brown, of Doris Avenue in Baltimore, had charges against him dismissed and agreed to testify against Guite. He is currently serving in the Navy.

Ms. Ferris said yesterday she would make no recommendation for prison time if Guite agrees to surrender his license to practice law. She said she likely will recommend prison time if he tries to keep his license.

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