Crime Watch


January 23, 2009

19 guns seized; man, 62, arrested in raid on home

Police seized 19 guns yesterday morning during a raid on a Southwest Baltimore home where a 62-year-old man is suspected of selling prescription drugs. Members of the Tri-District Initiative, which is made up of officers from the Police Department's Southwestern, Western and Southern Districts, received information that a house in the 1800 block of McHenry St. was storing drugs and guns and could potentially be targeted for a robbery. Police executed a search-and-seizure warrant just before 5 a.m. and recovered $4,500 in cash, more than 100 pills, including Percocet and Xanax, and 19 rifles and shotguns, said Lt. Donald Gerkin. David Shears was arrested on drug and weapons charges.

Justin Fenton

Snow Hill man pleads guilty to racketeering charges

A Snow Hill convenience store owner pleaded guilty yesterday to federal racketeering charges stemming from three schemes involving money laundering, tax avoidance and bribery, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Mohammad Riaz Gujjar, 54, has agreed to forfeit $433,000 and his stake in two stores, and he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. He was one of nearly four dozen people indicted in 2007 as part of an international sting called Operation Cash-Out. It involved cooperation from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland comptroller's office, which falsified documents to trick Gujjar into thinking he had successfully bribed a tax official. The global investigation stretched to Belgium, Spain and Canada and uncovered multiple money-laundering systems.

Tricia Bishop

FOR THE RECORD - A Crime Watch item in yesterday's paper inadvertently omitted an investigating agency in the global "Operation Cash-Out" sting, which uncovered money laundering, tax evasion and bribery schemes. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also participated in the investigation.
The Sun regrets the error.

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