Baltimore County police department employee charged with marijuana possession

Defendant worked in the Criminal Investigation Division

September 18, 2014|By Jessica Anderson | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County police have charged a civilian employee who worked in the department's Criminal Investigation Division after detectives found marijuana in her home Wednesday.

Investigators searched the home of Susan M. Burke on Glenback Avenue in Pikesville Wednesday morning, where they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the house, police wrote in charging documents. Among the items found were grinders, scales, smoking pipes and a mason jar with plant residue, among other items for marijuana use.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Burke will be reassigned to another county government position. She had been employed by the police department since 1986 and is a management analyst, which includes duties such as budget-related work, Armacost said.

The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of various specialized units, including narcotics.

Burke, who is 54, told investigators she smokes marijuana once a week and sometimes purchases it from one of her roommates, the document said. Armacost said police do not believe Burke used her position in the department to obtain drugs.

Armacost said the investigation into Burke began after the department received a complaint from a neighbor.

Burke said in court documents she makes an annual salary of $57,000. She was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. She does not have an attorney listed in court records.

Burke is the latest police department employee charged with drug-related offenses in recent months.

In July, Officer Joseph Stanley Harden, 31, was charged with possession, attempted robbery and related offenses after police said he tried, while he was off duty, to break into an alleged drug dealer's Dundalk home in search of Oxycodone. He told investigators he became addicted after a work-related injury.

In June, Nicholas Ishmael, a police cadet, was charged after investigators said he stole more than $125,000 worth of Oxycodone and other items from the evidence vault at the department's headquarters.

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