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December 5, 2009
A member of a Baltimore drug gang was sentenced to 20 years Friday for dealing crack cocaine. Shawn "City" Coleman, 27, bought the drugs in New York City and refined them in a Baltimore hotel, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. He and conspirators sold the crack in Baltimore city and county. Officers found crack cocaine and 60 bags of heroin in August 2007 after stopping a vehicle in which Coleman was a passenger. - Tricia Bishop
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Officers recovered a stolen gun and arrested a teenager on weapons and drug charges in the early hours of Monday, Anne Arundel County Police said. Some officers on foot patrol spotted a group of three men loitering on a Pasadena street and smelled burnt marijuana, according to police. When the officers approached, the men began to flee and one of them tossed away a gun and what looked like drugs, police said. Two of the men escaped into nearby apartment buildings, but one was taken into custody after a brief foot chase, police said.
By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2011
A federal judge on Monday sentenced a 31-year-old College Park man to 150 months — more than 12 years — in prison for possessing crack cocaine and intending to distribute it. Josue Monroy, who pleaded guilty to the charges, must also serve five years of supervised probation upon his release, under the terms of the sentence pronounced by U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt. The judge noted that Monroy is a "career offender" with two prior drug convictions.
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Two Brooklyn residents were arrested, and more than $3,200 worth of drugs were seized following a Thursday raid in Anne Arundel County, police said. At around 10 a.m., Anne Arundel County Police's Tactical Narcotics Team for the Northern District executed a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Wood Street after receiving complaints of drug activity, according to a news release. Detectives seized 16.92 grams of heroin valued at $2,030, 13.23 grams of crack cocaine valued at $1,190, $3,142 in cash, 37 prescription pills, a 2003 Lexus 4-door vehicle, a 2001 Dodge truck and packaging materials for distribution in the operation.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson has spent much of the past two decades drawn to the gritty glamour of life on the streets, and nearly as much time and energy struggling to break free. Critics will see the arrest of the 30-year-old Baltimore actress on Thursday on drug charges as evidence that she's a career criminal — an image that only was heightened by her portrayal of a cold-blooded assassin on HBO's "The Wire. " But Pearson's friends, and there are many, are profoundly saddened by her latest run-in with police.
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 3, 1998
A Glen Burnie man was stopped for not wearing his seat belt while leaving Freetown Village Friday, then was arrested on drug charges after police searched his car.Joseph E. Neuman, 32, of the 7700 block of West Drive was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Police also seized his car, a 1995 Nissan.Police stopped the car just after 9 p.m. The driver gave police permission to search his car, and an officer found a small rock of crack cocaine worth about $20, police said.Pub Date: 2/03/98
By Mary C. Schneidau and Mary C. Schneidau,SUN STAFF | June 24, 2004
Five people were arrested in Brooklyn Park this week on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, Anne Arundel County police said. Arrested Tuesday, police said, were Ashley King, 18, and Dustin Rhodes, 23, both of Sixth Street in Baltimore. Crack cocaine worth $1,300 was found in the car they were riding in, police said. Police said narcotics officers had been conducting surveillance of the suspects as they traveled between Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. Separately, three men were arrested yesterday morning after county police pulled them over for a traffic violation.
November 3, 1994
An Annapolis drug squad seized at least $7,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine from the top of a bedroom dresser in a predawn raid yesterday at the Admiral Farragut Apartments in Eastport, city police said.Police barged into the apartment at 200A Boxwood Road at 5:30 a.m. and seized 7 grams of suspected crack cocaine in large "rocks" wrapped in plastic bags; suspected marijuana worth $100; and $4,128, police said. Officers also removed an unloaded handgun, ammunition and a cellular telephone.
March 28, 1996
A man accused of distributing crack cocaine in Westminster is being held on $50,000 bond at the Carroll County Detention Center after he was arrested at his O'Donnell Heights home in Southeast Baltimore by Westminster police Tuesday night.Westminster police said they obtained an arrest warrant for Robert Lamont Bryant, 19, of the 1200 block of Gregor Way after linking him to a Westminster woman with whom he recently lived.On March 20, Westminster officers raided the woman's residence on West Green Street in Westminster and reported finding a safe containing crack and powder cocaine, two handguns, a sawed-off shotgun and paraphernalia used to weigh and package narcotics.
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)
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...
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
For years after he took his last hit, Sammy Stewart dreamed the same dream. He'd climb a set of stairs under a dogwood tree, and at the top, a man would hand him some rocks of crack cocaine. Stewart would take them home and place them by his bedside as he prepared his tinfoil for smoking, a ritual he'd performed thousands of times. Just as he was ready to fire up, the prison loudspeaker would interject, blaring, "Chow time! Chow time!" He'd wake and spend the whole day angry.
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Many predicted the 1980s crack epidemic would create a generation of children with major developmental and behavioral problems, but a new study found much of that hype hasn't panned out. Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that the effects of crack cocaine in utero had only small effects on adolescent behavior, cognition and school performance. Crack is a more addictive, crystalized form of cocaine that is smoked for a intense high.
December 13, 2012
Victor Levi Colbert allegedly stabbed Rodney Smith to death in Smith's Bel Air apartment, an assistant state's attorney said during Smith's bail review hearing Wednesday in Harford County District Court. Colbert, whose turned 31 on Dec. 3, was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in Dundalk and charged in the death of Mr. Smith, 52, whose body was found Sunday in his home at 204 A Baltimore Pike in Bel Air. Colbert is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.
By Peter Hermann | December 14, 2011
An Eastern Shore man who got out of federal prison in December when his crack cocaine sentence was reduced was sent back to prison this week after being sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for distributing drugs. Prosecutors with the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said Clevon "Ty" Johnson, 38, went back to his old career less than a year after walking out of prison. "Mr. Johnson did not learn the first time he went to prison for a drug conviction and crime does not pay," said Ava Cooper-Davis, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Washington field office.
November 30, 2011
Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein is warning that a recent revision to the federal sentencing guidelines for crack and powder cocaine possession will lead to the release of hundreds of dangerous criminals onto the streets. But before crying wolf about a new crime wave, he ought to consider federal prosecutors' role in creating what he describes as an impending disaster. The fact is, most of the people currently in prison for drug violations aren't there because they committed violent crimes.
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