Man in `Snitching' video pleads guilty in distribution of heroin

Maryland

June 29, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN | MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER

A Baltimore man who appeared in the anti-police video Stop Snitching pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

In a statement of facts presented at his plea, George Butler, 31, admitted that he bought large quantities of drugs from a drug gang that prosecutors have said distributed heroin in and around Baltimore.

Toward the end of the Stop Snitching digital video disc - an underground production that warns people against cooperating with police - Butler speaks to the camera as he grabs a gun from his belt: "We don't talk about what we're going to do. We just do it."

Butler faces at least 10 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 15.

The suspected leaders of the drug organization, Howard Rice, 39 and Raeshio Rice, 33, both of Baltimore, are scheduled to go to trial Oct. 10.

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