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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
Federal prosecutors in August 2012 announced that two men, Bryan Eammon Williams and Lawrence Lee Hayes, had been sentenced to 11 years and 15 years respectively for their roles in a cocaine distribution conspiracy. The details of the case are rather fascinating if you keep reading, and even moreso if you start connecting dots.  The press release about Hayes' and Williams' sentences includes a canned quote from Ava Cooper-Davis, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Washington field office, calling the case "drug interdiction at its best.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The brother of the man accused of shooting off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was ordered to be held in custody on a federal drug charge after a brief hearing Monday. Federal authorities have confirmed that Lamont G. Thomas spoke to city police as officers hunted for his brother Gregg Thomas earlier this month, but have not said whether there is a connection between the two cases. Mcneill remains in critical condition with injuries from the March 14 shooting. After watching the federal court hearing, Gilbert Thomas, the two men's father, said his sons had done nothing wrong.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
A 36-year-old Baltimore cocaine dealer was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Friday, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Antionio Liburd was also ordered to forfeit a semi-automatic handgun and more than $13,000 seized from his home this spring. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander enhanced his sentence after finding that Liburd was a "career offender," with at least four prior drug convictions, the prosecutors' office said. Baltimore police said they found more than 150 baggies of cocaine, containing 20.5 grams of the drug, inside Liburd's truck, and eight more grams hidden in his pants, during a search performed in March.
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Staff Reports | March 5, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police say a traffic stop in Gambrills early Wednesday resulted in the arrest of two men on drug-related charges. Police said at about 12:18 a.m., an officer stopped a Dodge Magnum for speeding in the area of Route 3 south at Route 175. The license of the driver was suspended, the tags were suspended and there were open containers of alcohol in the vehicle, police said. In addition, police said they found nine capsules of suspected heroin (2.52 grams), 21 capsules of suspected crack cocaine (29.20 grams)
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February 2, 1991
Stowaways hiding in a ship's rudder cavity provided a surprise for New York's harbor police recently and illustrated some of the new difficulties for the illegal drug-importing business.The pattern is clear. During times when drug importers had unrestricted access to South Florida's shores, "cocaine cowboys" fought street battles for control of a burgeoning market. Marijuana and cocaine streamed in from Latin American countries in private planes and on commercial flights. But the open lawlessness was met by tough new intra-agency strike forces, tighter coastal patrols, aerial surveillance and police penetration of narcotic rings.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Federal agents found 500 pounds of marijuana and more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, along with an AK-47 and body armor, during raids on homes in Baltimore County and northeastern Baltimore as part of a cross-country drug investigation.  At least two men have been charged through a federal complaint in connection with the raids - Harold and Joseph Ibreham Byrd. Both men have had initial appearances in federal judge before a magistrate judge and are being detained; attorneys are not listed in court records.
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December 12, 2009
A 31-year-old Curtis Bay man was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison Friday for dealing crack cocaine, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Lonnie Bivins' sentence was enhanced after the judge found him to be a "career offender" with two prior drug convictions. Bivins and his conspirators sold $500 to $4,000 worth of crack and powder cocaine per day in the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore from 2005 through 2008, according to court records. Law enforcement authorities witnessed Bivins making drug transactions for a year before arresting him in February 2008.
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By Don Markus and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 26, 2010
A 24-year-old Columbia man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in the Howard County detention center for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Elijah Jackson, of the 5200 block of Rivendell Lane, was running away from police after a fight outside a house party last June when 23 packets of crack cocaine and one packet of powdered cocaine fell out of his hat, prosecutors said. They had asked Circuit Court Judge Lenore Gelfman to sentence Jackson to three years in prison, but Gelfman opted to send him to the detention center out of concern for his safety.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2002
Baltimore prosecutors and police officials announced yesterday the breakup of an East Baltimore drug ring and the indictment of a suspected major supplier of products needed to create street-level narcotics. "This was a months-long investigation with intense work by detectives," said State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. "We're using every tool in the toolbox to (reduce) violence on our streets." Jessamy and police officials said 10 people were indicted last week on drug charges stemming from the investigation.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
A cocaine trafficking ring that for years distributed "vast amounts" of Honduran cocaine throughout the mid-Atlantic region has been busted, and three Maryland residents and 25 Virginia residents involved have been arrested, according to federal prosecutors. The drug ring, based in Northern Virginia, routinely paid couriers to fly into the United States from Honduras with cocaine stashed in shoes, decorative wooden frames and other "innocuous items" that would blend in with their luggage, according to a statement on the bust released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Garnett Gilbert Smith lived well: he owned a fleet of luxury cars, stayed at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars at Gucci, Cartier and Louis Vuitton. He also worked hard, federal authorities say, shipping a metric ton of cocaine from California to Baltimore between 2010 and 2011, clearing $10,000 profit on each kilogram. In all, prosecutors wrote in court documents, he raked in $10 million. Smith pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge in October, but authorities also believe he trafficked heroin.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
A city police drug investigation led to the seizure of about 9 kilograms of heroin and cocaine and more than $650,000 in cash from two Lochearn properties and a vehicle, according to court records. A city police drug investigation led to the seizure of about 9 kilograms of heroin and cocaine and more than $650,000 in cash from two Lochearn properties and a vehicle, according to court records. Police wrote in charging documents that officers from the agency's Special Enforcement Section have been investigating a drug scheme involving Thomas Linwood Jones Jr., 44, since November 2013.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
An Annapolis man was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison following a plea agreement on drug distribution charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Shawn Anthony Pollard, 35, to 92 months in prison on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Bennett also sentenced him to three years of supervised release. Pollard pleaded guilty last April.
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By Kevin Rector and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
In one of the largest drug busts at the port of Baltimore in years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized two gym bags stuffed with nearly 128 pounds of cocaine from a Panamanian shipping container. Customs agents put the estimated street value of the drugs at $4 million. "'Tis the season for giving, but sometimes it's better to just seize," the agency said Tuesday in a statement announcing the Dec. 18 bust. The last cocaine seizure of such significant weight at the port was in 2007, when 310 pounds of the drug was found in three duffel bags inside a refrigerated container arriving from Ecuador, customs officials said.
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December 23, 2013
Last week President Barack Obama issued a challenge to Congress to take care of some urgent unfinished business. The president used his executive powers to commute the sentences of eight people sentenced to long prison terms imposed under mandatory federal sentencing guidelines that required judges to treat defendants convicted of drug offenses involving crack cocaine far more harshly than those convicted of selling or possessing similar amounts of...
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
A grand jury on Thursday indicted the driver state police said was high on drugs when his car sped into downtown, striking and killing a pedestrian before it overturned outside City Hall. Johnny Johnson, 43, faces nine counts, including vehicular homicide and homicide by vehicle while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, in the April 9 death of city finance employee Matthew Hersl. The indictment mirrors many of the charges the Maryland State Police filed on the warrant they used to arrest Johnson on April 15. Test results showed drugs were in Johnson's system at the time of the crash, while investigators found cocaine and heroin in his car, police said.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2010
Drugs, thousands of dollars and a gun were seized in a raid Tuesday night in East Baltimore, according to Baltimore police. Police arrested Anthony Martin, 22, in connection with a raid on Townway Court in the Oliver neighborhood, several blocks east of Greenmount Cemetery, police said. The seizure yielded 88 vials of cocaine, $3,819 and a loaded 0.40-caliber weapon, according to authorities. Community members tipped police off on the activity on Townway Court, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2011
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized last week more than 20 pounds of cocaine found in a shipping container at the Baltimore seaport, the latest case highlighting how illegal drugs make their way into the city. The drugs were discovered Wednesday, wrapped in eight bricks and placed in a blue backpack that was found in a container of steel parts. The ship had travelled from China through Panama to the United States, officials said. The cocaine was estimated to have a street value of $650,000.
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May 1, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police say a call to a hotel in the Linthicum Heights area on Monday resulted in the seizure of more than 120 grams of suspected cocaine and other drugs and more than $10,000 cash. The call also resulted in one arrest on drug possession charges, and a warrant issued for a Baltimore man on similar charges. Police said on Monday just after 11:30 a.m., officers went to Sleep Inn in the 6000 block of Belle Grove Road for a report of an unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Federal agents found 500 pounds of marijuana and more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, along with an AK-47 and body armor, during raids on homes in Baltimore County and northeastern Baltimore as part of a cross-country drug investigation.  At least two men have been charged through a federal complaint in connection with the raids - Harold and Joseph Ibreham Byrd. Both men have had initial appearances in federal judge before a magistrate judge and are being detained; attorneys are not listed in court records.
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