Drug charges dropped Linda Emory won't be tried

August 03, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney has dropped misdemeanor drug charges against the wife of a Glen Burnie man convicted as a drug kingpin in one of the biggest drug rings in county history.

Charges of possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia against Linda Emory of the 7700 block of West Drive, Glen Burnie, were dismissed by State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee in proceedings Friday in Annapolis District Court.

The two charges together would have carried a maximum fine of $1,500 and one year in prison.

Mrs. Emory was initially charged in October as a drug kingpin as a result of the largest marijuana bust in the county's history. The kingpin charge was dropped in November.

Linda Emory's husband, Roger L. Emory, and her brother-in-law, James Mitchell Emory, were convicted as drug kingpins, based on evidence gathered by police in a 10-month investigation that culminated in raids on 17 locations.

The Oct. 29 raids turned up 400 pounds of marijuana in storage bins in Glen Burnie and Millersville.

Those initially arrested also included Patricia Emory, James Mitchell Emory's wife, who at the time was principal of Severna Park Elementary School. Charges against Patricia Emory, who has since been reassigned by school officials, also were dropped.

Prosecutors said that the drug case largely revolved around James Mitchell Emory and Roger L. Emory and that there was little point to pursuing charges against Linda Emory once the men were convicted.

"They were the players, they were the major individuals involved," Assistant State's Attorney Trevor A. Kiessling Jr. said of the men. "Her role was a significantly lesser one."

He said the only evidence against Linda Emory -- marijuana found at the house in her husband's pockets and in his dresser -- is tied up in appeals that have been filed for Roger and James Mitchell Emory.

He said that to prosecute Linda Emory, the state would have had to use the same evidence, which would complicate the appeals process in the earlier cases.

He defended the initial decision by police to charge her as a kingpin.

"You go into this woman's house, and you find $18,000 in cash and no apparent source of income, other than drugs, and you have to go that route," Mr. Kiessling said.

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