Mother, son plead guilty in operation of drug ring

July 19, 1994

A Linthicum man and his mother admitted in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday their roles in a drug ring that sold marijuana in at least three Maryland counties.

Steven E. Downey, 21, of the 6400 block of Golden Oak Road pleaded guilty to importing marijuana into the state, and Betty Ann Downey, 52, of the same address pleaded guilty to promotion of a controlled dangerous substance offense.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped three counts against Downey of operating as a drug kingpin, which carries a mandatory no-parole 20-year prison sentence.

Trials are still pending for seven other people, including Downey's brother, James Patrick Downey Jr., 31, of Baltimore, who were charged with conspiring to operate the ring, which distributed marijuana in Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties.

Prosecutors say that when Downey was arrested last October, he was carrying $6,000 in cash and admitted to police that he previously had shipped 100 pounds of marijuana. Police found $150,000 in cash in a safe deposit box.

Police say the group was believed to be responsible for selling 250 pounds of marijuana a month.

The two will be sentenced this fall, prosecutors said.

Bolt cutter was used to sever 6 shed locks

Vandals cut the locks off six sheds in Linthicum Heights and Shipley Heights over the weekend, but didn't take anything, county police said.

The culprits used a bolt cutter to sever the locks, police said. The incidents occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

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