Delivery man for marijuana ring flashes anger, gets 15-year term

June 27, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

An unrepentant 48-year-old Pasadena man, lashing out at the police who arrested him and the press who wrote about him, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for his role as a delivery man in one of the biggest marijuana rings in county history.

Philip B. Dulany, who delivered much of the marijuana sold by James M. Emory and Roger Emory, told the Circuit Court judge who sentenced him that he had been treated unfairly by police and by the press since his October arrest.

He claimed police acted illegally when they raided two storage lockers stocked with 340 pounds of marijuana and arrested Dulany and nine other co-defendants Oct. 29, 1992.

"The police lied and harassed innocent people in order to make the charges hold up," Dulany said. Local news coverage of the case, he said, was so "pro-county" as to be "disgusting."

"If I sound bitter, I am," Dulany said yesterday.

Judge H. Chester Goudy called Dulany "out of control" and said he couldn't understand his complaints.

"You say that you're concerned about other people. What about all the people who smoked the marijuana that you brought into this county? What about the other people that went from marijuana to harder drugs? What about their loved ones? What about all the crimes that occurred by people that were trying to foot the bill for their drug problems?" the judge asked him.

"You've lost control. You're out of control," he added.

Dulany pleaded guilty March 28 before Judge Goudy to importation of marijuana, possession of 50 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine.

Dulany is one of the last defendants to be sentenced in a case that gained widespread attention when it broke last fall because the size of the marijuana ring and the suspects police initially said were involved.

James Mitchell Emory, 47, of Pasadena, and Roger Emory, 44, of Glen Burnie, their wives and six others were arrested Oct. 29 in raids on their houses and storage lockers in Millersville and Glen Burnie. About 400 pounds of marijuana were seized.

James Emory's wife, Patricia Emory, principal of Severna Park Elementary School, was charged after the raid, but the case against her was later dropped.

Deputy State's Attorney Gerald K. Anders said yesterday that Dulany was essentially the delivery man for the drugs James M. Emory and his brother Roger brought in from New York.

The Emorys paid Dulany $20 per pound for the marijuana he drove back from New York in 60- and 70-pound shipments. He made about 10 trips, and the marijuana was sold in the county for $1,300 to $1,400 per pound, Mr. Anders said.

James Emory was convicted by a jury on three counts of being a drugkingpin and charges of importation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 pounds of marijuana. He was sentenced in May to 25 years without parole.

Roger Emory, who faced the same charges, was convicted by the same jury on a kingpin count and an importation of marijuana charge. He was sentenced in May to 20 years without parole, the minimum required under the state's drug kingpin statute.

George T. Johnson Jr., 47, of Glen Burnie, operated an independent drug ring, but bought and sold with the Emorys. He was sentenced June 11 by Judge Goudy to 15 years in prison, after pleading guilty to importation of marijuana and possession of 50 pounds or more of marijuana with intent to distribute.

William Bailey Jr., 46, of Annapolis, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 pounds or more of marijuana and conspiracy to import 100 pounds of marijuana or more. He was sentenced by Judge Goudy to 10 years in prison.

Lawrence C. Leiben, 49, of Glen Burnie, agreed to plead guilty March 19 to charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

He agreed to testify against the Emorys in exchange for the state's decision to drop drug kingpin charges.

He faces a maximum of 25 years when he comes before Judge Goudy tomorrow.

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