City man, 26, pleads guilty in drug ring

Alleged gang leaders to be tried in killing plot

January 20, 2001|By Gail Gibson | Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man charged in connection with a ruthless city drug ring pleaded guilty yesterday, days before two of the gang's alleged leaders are scheduled to stand trial on charges that they plotted to kill a federal judge and prosecutor.

Montrey Myers, 26, admitted conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of powder cocaine in Northwest Baltimore during 1998 and 1999. He is the third defendant to plead guilty in the high-profile drug case.

Stover "Big Ox" Stockton and Levi "Vi" Johnson are scheduled to go to trial in the case next week in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors say the men ran a high-volume heroin and cocaine ring during the late 1990s near Park Heights and Woodland avenues that was responsible for beatings, shootings and two killings.

Stockton, 29, and Johnson, 23, both of Baltimore, also are accused of trying to arrange the killing of the federal judge and prosecutor originally involved in the drug case.

Their trial, which starts Tuesday with jury selection, is expected to last about four weeks.

Two other Baltimore men charged in the drug case and in the contract killing scheme pleaded guilty to drug charges last month and are expected to testify against Stockton and Johnson.

Elijah "Jake" Jacobs, 21, described in court papers as one of the Woodland organization's leaders, pleaded guilty Dec. 27 to conspiring to distribute heroin. Antonio Hayes, 25, described in court records as a runner who would travel to New York to buy heroin for the ring, pleaded guilty the same day to drug charges.

Court records also state Hayes played a direct role in the alleged murder-for-hire plot against U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie M. Bennett that was hatched while the four main defendants were being held in the Prince George's County Detention Center.

According to court papers, Hayes' girlfriend, Keisha Watts, discussed the assassination plan with a hit man, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. Records indicate that Watts offered the hit man $5,000 to "paint two houses" - coded language for the planned killings.

Watts is not charged in the case.

Two other men also face drug charges in the case, but were not implicated in the murder-for-hire plan. They are Antoine "Twannie" Anderson, 20, and Rolando Stockton. Their cases are pending in federal court.

By pleading guilty yesterday, Myers avoided being linked at trial to defendants charged in more serious crimes. "It is very much in your interest to accept this plea," U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis told Myers yesterday in court.

Myers is expected to get seven years in prison when he is sentenced March 15. He is not expected to testify against any of the other defendants. His attorney, Michael D. Montemarano, said that Myers acknowledges being involved in the drug trade in the Northwest corner of the city but was not directly linked to the Woodland organization.

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