Car dealer gets drug term


August 07, 2008

The owner of a now-defunct used-car business in Baltimore was sentenced yesterday to nearly 11 years in prison for distributing cocaine and funneling more than $1.7 million in drug sales through his business on Reisterstown Road, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Harrington Campbell, 34, of Jamaica was found guilty after a weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on charges of drug distribution and money laundering, federal prosecutors said. Authorities said he will be deported after he serves his sentence. Campbell was an executive of Charm City Motors in the 4000 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore. The business closed several years ago, said Edward Marcinko of the Baltimore office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prosecutors said Campbell got drugs from California, and that in 2001 and 2002 he bought cocaine for $25,000 a kilogram. Prosecutors said that from 1999 to 2003 Campbell sent $1.7 million through the car dealership, transferring money in increments of less than $10,000 from the business to his personal bank account. Banks are not required to report transactions of less than $10,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

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