Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

May 31, 2006

Man pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

A 49-year-old man from the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Greenbelt to conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin as part of what prosecutors said was an international drug network that used car batteries for smuggling.

Ramon Read - also known as Carlos Aldorando - faces at least 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life, as well as a $4 million fine, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He had been arrested in New York in February 2004 in possession of more than 1 kilogram of cocaine.

Federal prosecutors announced in February 2005 the indictment of at least 20 people as part of their investigation into the alleged smuggling of cocaine and heroin from Guatemala into the Washington area. The scheme, according to prosecutors, included hiding the drugs in car batteries and using couriers to take the batteries across the Mexican border. Some of the drugs were then taken to locations in Waldorf, Silver Spring and Hyattsville to be sold.

Prosecutors said that some of the other people indicted at the same time as Read have pleaded guilty, and at least one other man is scheduled to go to trial next month.

1 killed, 1 hurt in shooting

One man died and another was critically wounded in a shooting late Monday on a street in East Baltimore, city police said yesterday.

Shortly before midnight, Eastern District officers responding to a report that two men had been shot in the 700 block of N. Madeira St., in the Middle East community, found one man shot in the chest and lying on the pavement. The other was found in a nearby alley bleeding from a wound to the neck, police said.

Police said the victims were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Donte Hudson, 28, of the 1400 block of Gittings Ave., the man shot in the chest, died minutes later. The other victim, whose identity was not released because he is a witness to a homicide, was in critical condition, police said.

Police knew of no motive and had no suspects. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 leading to an arrest and indictment in the shootings.

Richard Irwin

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