2 of 3 men charged with murder in drug case


April 11, 2007|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun Reporter

Two Baltimore men could face the death penalty in federal court after being charged with murder, drug distribution and gun-possession charges in connection with the killings of two men four years ago.

A federal grand jury indicted Harry Burton and Stanford Stans- bury on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, conspiracy to possess firearms and firearms possession while engaged in drug trafficking. The 27-year-olds are also charged with murder as part of their drug trafficking crimes, authorities said.

The indictment was returned March 27 and unsealed Friday after the arrest of the defendants, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Federal prosecutors announced the charges yesterday.

A third defendant, Allen Gill, also 27, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, and crack and powder cocaine, as well as with drug and gun possession.

The eight-count indictment alleges that Burton, Stansbury and Gill conspired to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, 5 kilograms of cocaine and more than a kilogram of heroin from 2000 to March 2007.

As part of that conspiracy, Burton and Stansbury are charged in the shooting deaths of 16-year-old Maurice "Smokey" Ireland on Jan. 27, 2003, and 21-year-old Michael "Mike-Mike" Jones on May 19, 2003. The group operated in Latrobe Homes and East Baltimore, according to the indictment.

The defendants are in federal custody and no court appearance has been scheduled.

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