Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 21, 2006

Brooklyn Park teen sought in Nov. killing

Anne Arundel County police are searching for a Brooklyn Park teenager in a fatal shooting last month that took place blocks from the suspect's home, authorities said yesterday.

A warrant has been issued charging Lamal Lamonte Wise, 17, of the 200 block of W. 11th Ave. as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Marvin Timothy Wilson, of the 2500 block of Mosher St. in West Baltimore, county police said.

About 10 p.m. Nov. 15, police arrived at Victory Avenue and East 11th Avenue in the Brooklyn Park section of the county and found Wilson, 20, suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. He died at a hospital, police said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wise or with any information on the incident is asked to call Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

Shooting suspect indicted

The suspect accused in the shooting of an off-duty city officer this month was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on gun charges.

The two-count indictment charges Collin Hawkins, 24, of Baltimore with being a felon in possession of firearms after the officer's Dec. 5 shooting. Hawkins is accused of possessing a loaded Bersa Thunder 9 mm pistol and a Winchester model 370 16-gauge shotgun.

The maximum sentence he could receive on the federal charges is 10 years in prison, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Hawkins faces state charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and two handgun violations in the same case.

The shooting occurred just after midnight Dec. 5 when Momodu Gondo, 23, was getting out of his car at his home in the 5700 block of The Alameda.

Matthew Dolan

Drug traffickers sentenced Six members of a large drug trafficking operation in Maryland -- including a Baltimore man who received a life prison term -- were sentenced this week in federal court in Greenbelt after drug distribution convictions.

The sentencing hearings, held Tuesday and yesterday, came after federal jury convictions in August for several defendants accused of cocaine, crack and heroin distribution. Among the defendants was a former Washington public school teacher. Their prison terms ranged from 10 years to life.

Reece Coleman Whiting, the 66-year-old defendant from Baltimore, received a life sentence yesterday, federal prosecutors said.

"This is one of the largest drug cases ever prosecuted in federal court in Greenbelt," said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "The coordinated efforts of many law enforcement agencies in this investigation and prosecution resulted in shutting down a gang that brought cocaine, crack and illegal guns into our community."

According to evidence presented during the 10-week trial, the defendants conspired from 1997 until 2004 to distribute cocaine and heroin, which was imported in kilogram quantities from New York, California, Wyoming, Florida, Texas and Mexico. During the investigation, federal agents seized more than 20 kilograms of cocaine and 3 kilograms of heroin.

In all, 27 defendants have been convicted in this case, federal authorities said.

Matthew Dolan

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