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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
When Antonio Malone needed $15,000 to pay off the assailants who stormed his West Baltimore rowhouse and demanded money and heroin, a gang leader told him exactly where to go. Police say he was sent to a 12 t h floor apartment at The Redwood, the home of Felicia "Snoop" Pearson. The building on South Eutaw Street, within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and featuring a large ninth-floor deck and a 'round-the-clock fitness center, seems appropriate for an actress on the much-acclaimed HBO series "The Wire.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
As the Ebola virus ravages West Africa, two American health workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were airlifted back to the United States to be treated with an experimental drug. They have since recovered. But colleagues of a doctor in Sierra Leone, stricken as he led his country's fight against the virus, decided against giving him the same medicine. He has since died. The worst Ebola outbreak in history, combined with the existence, in small amounts, of untested drugs that might prove effective in combating it, is raising questions about the ethics of fighting an epidemic.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, who overcame a troubled childhood and a murder conviction to launch an acting career as a drug-gang assassin on HBO's "The Wire," pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to sell heroin. She was sentenced to seven years in prison, with all of the time suspended except for the five months she has already served while awaiting trial, most of it spent at home, under electronic monitoring. She could be sent back to finish the term if she violates probation over the next three years.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
A city councilman is questioning a $1.6 million deal for a St. Louis company to provide prescription drugs to city workers, arguing that the work should go to local pharmacies. City Councilman Robert W. Curran said St. Louis-based Express Scripts, which holds a multimillion-dollar contract to provide prescription drug benefits to Baltimore City employees, has engaged in "deceptive practices," including overbilling the city for prescription drugs a decade ago. "Express Scripts did shortchange us," Curran told the city's spending panel Wednesday morning during a pre-meeting in a City Hall conference room.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | January 17, 2003
To the dismay of prosecutors, a man considered to be one of the worst drug lords in Baltimore history was freed yesterday of what had been a 22-year sentence for a gun crime and vowed as he walked away from the city's federal courthouse to dedicate his life to serving God. Melvin "Little Melvin" Williams, 61, served nearly four years on a handgun possession conviction before his attorney successfully argued that Williams did not meet the technical requirements...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
The Essex man killed Sunday in Northwest Baltimore's Forest Park neighborhood may have been involved in an illicit drug deal, police said. Richard Erdek, 33, of Valley Orb Court, was found at 3:38 p.m. in an alley behind the 3900 of block Woodhaven Ave., near Garrison Boulevard. He was unresponsive from a gunshot wound to the chest when police located him in the driver's seat of his vehicle. The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:16 p.m., police said.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | February 3, 2014
The Laurel man found fatally shot in a pickup truck in North Laurel was shot in the head and is believed to be the target of a drug robbery gone wrong, according to the charging documents produced by Howard County police. Police have charged  Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of the 7000 block of Talisman Lane in Columbia; Amanda Nicole McAdoo, 18, of the of 9500 Park Avenue in Laurel; Lauren Elizabeth Maready, 18, of the 12800 block of Lime Kiln Road in Highland; and Taylor King Pepe, 19, of the 8300 block of Sand Cherry Lane in Laurel.  All four, who were charged last week, face first-degree murder charges.  Lewis, who is being held without bond at Howard County Detention Center, is believed to be the trigger man, according to police.
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By Justin Fenton | January 20, 2012
Steven "J.R. " Blackwell, the leader of an East Baltimore drug conspiracy linked to a yearlong street warwith rivals, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday as part of a guilty plea he struck with prosecutors last fall. Though he was not charged with any acts of violence, authorities believe Blackwell's organization is tied to a wave of shootings touched off by the abduction in April 2008 of his then-teenage brothers. But Blackwell, 27, still faced up to life in prison after being charged with overseeing a multimillion-dollar heroin conspiracy and laundering the proceeds through gambling winnings in Las Vegas and state lottery tickets.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
Federal authorities announced Tuesday that they had cracked a large suburban Maryland drug organization, arresting 18 people and charging 15 of them with conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana. According to a federal grand jury indictment, the drug trafficking organization, primarily based in Anne Arundel County, also dealt in cocaine, prescription drugs, steroids and other drugs. Law enforcement officials said they seized at least 30 cars, 60 pounds of marijuana, $300,000 in cash and 35 guns in the investigation.
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By Luke Broadwater and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The developer says his planned center for heroin addicts in a North Baltimore neighborhood would be revolutionary: a primary care facility that would treat all aspects of addict's lives, not just dole out methadone. But Harwood residents see it as more of the same for a community they say is already filled with people bused in for addiction services. More addicts, they say, lead to more public urination, drug use and crime. "When the lifeboat is full, the next person being worthy doesn't make it any less likely to sink," said Joe McNeely, president of a neighborhood coalition opposed to the center.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
A 19-year-old man has been charged in a Northwest Baltimore double shooting that injured two men in late July, Baltimore police say. Michael Pickett, 19, of 603 E 38th St., faces attempted murder, assault and weapons charges after Baltimore police say he shot two men sitting in a 2000 Saturn on July 30 in the 5000 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. in Howard Park. Police say a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest and lower back while a 27-year-old man was shot in the right arm. Witnesses identified Pickett as a person of interest in the shooting and he was arrested after a photo lineup, detectives wrote in charging documents.
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August 13, 2014
We were saddened to read about Baltimore County Police Officer Joseph Stanley Harden's arrest on robbery and drug possession charges ( "Off-duty officer tries to break into home in search of drugs, police say," Aug. 1). The veteran officer reportedly told investigators he became addicted to Oxycodone after a work-related injury. While there is a general awareness of prescription drug abuse in our society, most people do not understand the complicated problem of chronic pain syndrome that can lead to prescription drug dependence or addiction.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
FBI agents tipped off about a drug shipment on its way to Aberdeen found a motor home stuffed with 31 kilograms of cocaine and heroin, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.  A confidential source told authorities in June that a man would be transporting multi-kilogram quantities of drugs from Compton, Calif., to a home in Aberdeen, the FBI said in court records. On Aug. 6, agents set up surveillance around the residence when a large motor home with Louisiana plates parked on an access road near the home.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Following the deaths of two concert goers in Columbia earlier this month, promoters of a traveling music festival have banned a number of items including bright, decorative, chunky bracelets known as "kandi," which is popular among electronic dance music fans but some say is linked to the drug culture. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C., and Daniel Anders, 17, of Woodbridge, Va., both died after attending the Mad Decent Block Party music festival on Aug. 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A Towson attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore County jail. "I am ashamed and saddened I stand before you in this capacity," Jill Swerdlin told Circuit Judge Timothy J. Martin before the she was sentenced. Swerdlin, 47, a defense attorney who has represented suspected dealers, pleaded guilty to drug charges in June. She admitted she had smuggled Suboxone — a drug used to treat addiction to opiates — into the Baltimore County Detention Center to clients during visits.
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August 11, 2014
Mike Gimbel's short-sighted and reactionary opinion that the Moonrise Festival at Pimlico should be canceled is something I'd expect to hear from a so-called "drug-czar," but it's speech that is uninformed at best and counterproductive at worst ( "After deaths at Merriweather, Moonrise Festival should be canceled," Aug. 8) As someone who regularly attends electronic music events of all shades (raves, club nights, festivals, and so on) throughout the Mid-Atlantic, I've heard speech like Mr. Gimbel's ad nauseam.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson , 31. Grew up dealing drugs in East Baltimore and at age 14 killed a youth in a fight. On HBO series "The Wire," played an enforcer for drug organization. Arrested last year as part of a drug sweep and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell heroin. Put on probation with a suspended sentence. Shawn Johnson. New York drug supplier described by Pearson as an old friend. Pleaded guilty to being the drug network's main supplier, trafficking in 10-kilogram heroin shipments.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2010
A former Baltimore disc jockey who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for drug-related charges could now be resentenced for twice as long, per a decision handed down Monday by a federal appeals court. Darnell Anthony Young, also known as "DJ Nelly Nell," was convicted of distribution in 2007 after a jury found that he conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, but less than 5 kilograms, giving him a potential sentencing range of between 10 and 12 years. But prosecutors said Young dealt with far larger quantities — 90 to 100 kilograms — that required a prison term of between 19 and 24 years.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
In the wake of recent deaths linked to electronic dance music events, attendees at Baltimore's first Moonrise Festival said the shows themselves should not be made a scapegoat. Police and fire officials reported no major incidents Saturday at the Moonrise Festival, which continues Sunday. Last weekend, two people, ages 20 and 17, died of what police called suspected drug overdoses after attending the Mad Decent Block Party, which was held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Howard County.
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By Robert G. Newman | August 8, 2014
On June 21, the Vatican press office published the presentation made by Pope Francis to the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) in Rome. The pope told the conferees, "The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! … Substitute drugs are not an adequate therapy, but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon. " These comments represent an unfortunate, categorical rejection of "maintenance" treatment of opioid addiction with medications such as methadone.
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