Baltimore man, city officer indicted on new charges

July 02, 1996|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore grand jury has leveled new charges against a man authorities say is one of the city's most ruthless drug dealers and a former city police officer accused of being on his payroll.

Anthony Ayeni Jones, 23, of the 1700 block of E. Oliver St. in East Baltimore was indicted Friday on charges of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. The charges stem from allegations that Jones, using city police Officer Erick McCrary as an intermediary, offered another officer who had arrested him on a gun charge $5,000 not to testify.

A federal affidavit also alleges that McCrary, 30, tried to retrieve $21,000 from a vehicle police had seized from Jones, in exchange for a portion of the money.

Court documents charge that Jones also offered McCrary $10,000 to falsely arrest a rival drug dealer, Ellway Williams, and deliver him to Jones.

Authorities believe Jones is one of the city's most heavily armed drug dealers -- allegedly controlling a $1 million-a-year trade near his home. Though Jones has been arrested numerous times, he has been convicted only once, for conspiracy to distribute drugs, and served less than a year before being paroled. McCrary and Jones are awaiting trial on related federal charges. The state charges carry maximum penalties of 12 years for bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, 30 years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and five years for conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice.

Pub Date: 7/02/96

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