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December 29, 2010
A Severna Park man was arrested after Anne Arundel County police detectives seized nearly $7,000 worth of suspected drugs from his home Tuesday, according to police. Antoine Lee Wedington, 30, of the 900 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. faces charges of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, according to police. After an investigation of drug activity at Wedington's address, the tactical narcotics team executed a warrant at 6:45 p.m., police said. Detectives found about 55.7 grams of suspected cocaine with a street value of $5,570; about 7.4 grams of suspected crack cocaine with a street value of $740 and about 21 grams of suspected marijuana with a street value of $420 as well as drug paraphernalia, according to police.
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By Justin Fenton and Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2010
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in northeast Baltimore early Tuesday morning. Based on preliminary reports, the victim, identified as Nathaniel Augusto Santiago, was approached by two people while entering an apartment building in the 4100 block of Harris Ave. in the Belair-Parkside community at about 12:35 a.m., police said. They got into a fight and wound up at the side of the building, where the victim was shot in the chest and back, according to police.
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By Justin Fenton and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2010
Twenty-two people, including one of the boys featured in an acclaimed documentary about city children attending school in Africa, were indicted this week by a federal grand jury on charges related to a drug distribution conspiracy in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore. Among those indicted was Romesh Mustafa Vance, 20, who along with his brother was one of four high-risk students whose journey to attend the Baraka School in Kenya on scholarship was captured in the acclaimed documentary "The Boys of Baraka."
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2010
The Charles Village apartment was largely empty — except for the guns, the drugs and the 20-ton hydraulic compressor. The apartment, in the 2900 block of St. Paul St. near the Johns Hopkins University, was raided this week by detectives after a monthlong investigation. Police said Joseph Batson, 39, was arrested on the street with a 10 mm Glock pistol and 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine, while his wife, Jamie Batson, 25, who was put on home detention for a drug conviction in Baltimore County about a month ago, was arrested inside the apartment.
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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | April 30, 2010
Despite being sought by federal authorities on gun charges and a week after being released on bail on a state drug case, 19-year-old Delmarcus Branford continued to sell drugs in Annapolis in September 2009, authorities said. On Thursday, Branford pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to distributing crack cocaine and possession of firearms in a drug trafficking enterprise. He could receive life in federal prison when sentenced June 25. His case is part of the Capital City Safe Streets initiative set up in 2008 to bring local, state and federal law enforcement officers to Annapolis to combat the drug and crime problem in public housing.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | January 5, 2010
An 18-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty to carjacking and drug dealing in federal court Monday. According to his plea agreement, Gary Knight was a member of the Pasadena Denver Lanes, a set of the Bloods gang responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana throughout the city. The Maryland U.S. attorney's office said members have also committed numerous acts of violence, including murder. Knight participated in gang activities from January 2008 through at least May of last year, according to his plea, personally distributing as many as 10 kilograms of heroin and 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine.
NEWS
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 Mark Hughes and Mark Hughes,The (UK) Independent | November 6, 2009
Drugs, I am told, are the main cause of crime in Baltimore. Not only are they responsible for much of the theft and burglary, but they are connected to most of the killings as well. Tens of thousands of people in the city are addicted to narcotics such as heroin and crack cocaine. They buy their fixes from dealers in open-air drug markets such as the busy one I walked past yesterday at the corner of Park Heights Avenue and Cold Spring Lane in West Baltimore. As well as the many drug dealers on that corner, there is also a building that is home to the "I Can't We Can" rehabilitation program.
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