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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 25, 2010
Baltimore prosecutors dropped gun and drug charges Wednesday against teenage twins, hours after a judge acquitted their father of similar charges stemming from the same search and seizure. Brothers Tremayne and Travers Johnson, who turned 18 last month, still face animal cruelty and mutilation charges in a separate case accusing them of setting fire to a pit bull puppy, which rescue workers later named Phoenix. The dog's injuries drew nationwide attention and outrage, with people calling for tougher penalties in animal cruelty cases and donating more than $25,000 to a reward fund to help catch the perpetrators.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Federal authorities are searching for a 34-year-old man wanted for allegedly smuggling heroin from Malaysia inside a children's stroller — and twice eluding police. Adedeji Abiodun Ajala, of Windsor Mill, is charged with conspiracies related to importing, possessing and distributing a controlled substance. Authorities had been searching for Ajala after monitoring a package mailed from Malaysia in late July to Baltimore. Inside the package, authorities found heroin sewn into the fabric of a stroller, according to court records.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 18, 2011
Drug charges against Ravens kick returner David Reed have been moved to the inactive docket by Baltimore County prosecutors, effectively dropping the case. Reed was charged Dec. 8 with possession of marijuana. Lt. Robert McCullough told The Sun at the time that Baltimore County police were called to Reed's Owings Mills apartment to investigate "possible narcotics. " Though the case was set for a court date next week, prosecutors on Friday placed the case on the "stet" docket, meaning the case will not be pursued and will eventually be dropped after a year.
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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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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Federal authorities are searching for a 34-year-old man wanted for allegedly smuggling heroin from Malaysia inside a children's stroller — and twice eluding police. Adedeji Abiodun Ajala, of Windsor Mill, is charged with conspiracies related to importing, possessing and distributing a controlled substance. Authorities had been searching for Ajala after monitoring a package mailed from Malaysia in late July to Baltimore. Inside the package, authorities found heroin sewn into the fabric of a stroller, according to court records.
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January 18, 2010
A man and a teenager were arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with multiple drug violations after police stopped a 1994 Lexus that the man was driving with a fraudulent temporary tag in the 1600 block of E. Monument St. When the driver fled the vehicle, he was chased by Sgt. Dennis W. Workley and arrested near the scene. The teen, who attempted to flee with raw heroin valued at $2,000, was arrested by an off-duty city police officer working security at nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital, Workley said.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
A Maryland state trooper on Wednesday evening made quick use of what he learned at a three-day training class on spotting illegal activity, as he stopped to help a couple of stranded motorists on Interstate 95 near Elkton and ended up arresting the two Florida men after finding a load of marijuana. The trooper, whose name was not available, was coming back from the class when he stopped at about 7:30 p.m. to help two men who were changing a flat tire on a pickup truck on the exit ramp from northbound I-95 to Route 279 near Elkton.
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January 3, 2013
Two brothers were arrested Sunday night on the parking lot of the McDonald's on Route 40 in Aberdeen and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Brenden Anthony Johnson, 20, and his brother, Kyle Johnson, 18, both of Belcamp, were arrested just before 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 and charged with five separate drug offenses. Each was charged with possession of marijuana, marijuana possession with intent to distribute, marijuana packing possession/distribution and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Ravens reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson's felony and misdemeanor drug charges have been dismissed by Florida prosecutors, according to his lawyer and court records. Thompson was arrested in February in Gainesville, Fla., and charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The case against Thompson was dropped due to insufficient evidence against him, according to Alachua County court records. Alvon Summerall, a co-defendant and the driver of the car that was stopped with Thompson a passenger, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, according to court records.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
At least seven people were arrested at the annual Starscape Festival at Fort Armistead Park last week on drug charges, Anne Arundel police announced Thursday. The June 9-10 event, in Baltimore near the Arundel line, consisted of an outdoor music festival and laser light show and attracted thousands of young revelers and dancers. The following seven people were arrested in the vicinity of the park by Anne Arundel police or Maryland Transportation Authority Police, who were working together on drug enforcement: Two men, James Donald Ruffin, 26, of Sandy Spring, Ga., and Jacob Asa Windeagle Ridgeway, 20, of Silver Spring, were each arrested and charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute and distributing LSD, police said.
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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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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
The second and final day of the first Moonrise Festival, the electronic dance music event that attracted thousands to Pimlico Race Course over the weekend, appeared to be running smoothly Sunday evening, city officials said. At 9 p.m., a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman said 10 concertgoers had been transported to a hospital Sunday afternoon, all for minor injuries. Spokesman Ian Brennan said the medical needs of the crowd were what would be expected for an event of that size.
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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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
A Baltimore City schools police officer pleaded guilty Monday to drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court, and faces no less than five years in prison. Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, a four-year veteran whose father was a longtime Baltimore Police homicide detective, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. According to his plea agreement, McLain sold cocaine to a confidential source, who was working with authorities, on four occasions between December 2012 and August 2013.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The 34-year-old man charged with shooting and critically wounding an off-duty Baltimore police officer this year has been indicted in federal court on drug and weapons charges, according to court records unsealed this week. Gregg Thomas was arrested in March, accused of shooting Sgt. Keith Mcneill outside an auto repair shop in East Baltimore. At the time, Thomas' brother, Lamont Thomas, was facing federal charges after being pulled over by police who allege they found drugs in his vehicle.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Towson-based defense attorney Jill Swerdlin pleaded guilty Friday to drug-related charges, prosecutors said. Swerdlin, who represented accused drug dealers, admitted to smuggling Suboxone strips into the Baltimore County Detention Center during visits with clients, according to a statement from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office. She also received Oxycodone as payment for legal services and arranged by other means to purchase the drug, the statement said. Swerdlin, 47, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association since 1991, agreed to consent to disbarment as part of the plea agreement.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Towson-based defense attorney Jill Swerdlin pleaded guilty Friday to drug-related charges, prosecutors said. Swerdlin, who represented accused drug dealers, admitted to smuggling Suboxone strips into the Baltimore County Detention Center during visits with clients, according to a statement from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office. She also received Oxycodone as payment for legal services and arranged by other means to purchase the drug, the statement said. Swerdlin, 47, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association since 1991, agreed to consent to disbarment as part of the plea agreement.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Watching your back can get tiring. Just ask Lindell Session.  Session, 26, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to possession of a firearm by a felon, after authorities say he was found snoozing in the driver's seat of his car - clutching a loaded .38 Special.  A city police sergeant was on patrol on Nov. 2, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. when a citizen flagged him down in the 2400 block of E. North Ave. and told him there was a man sleeping in...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Dressed in a maroon jail outfit and limping into court with the help of a cane, Nathan Barksdale did not look Wednesday like the notorious heroin dealer once sentenced to 15 years in prison for the torture of three people in a West Baltimore public housing development. As he sat at the defense table, Barksdale waved to two women who walked into the room. One blew a kiss before they sat down. It was light moment for the aging criminal before a federal judge would send him back to prison for the next few years.
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