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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 Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
A father and son who were part of a criminal enterprise that sold narcotics out of a Southwest Baltimore auto body shop pleaded guilty this week to federal drug and burglary charges. Chad Paschall, 28, of Baltimore pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiring to distribute oxycodone and to commit bank burglary; his father, David Paschall, 54, of Catonsville, pleaded guilty to similar charges on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. David Paschall operated Paschall's Auto Body Shop at 801 Desoto Road, Baltimore, where authorities said it was widely known as a marketplace for oxycodone, cocaine, heroin and other drugs.
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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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Pre-trial arguments are expected to be heard Tuesday in a high-profile murder and drug conspiracy case in which most defendants have flipped and attorneys couldn't review evidence with their clients until two days before trial due to safety concerns from prosecutors. Robert G. Moore, 45, is accused of being at the top of an East Baltimore drug syndicate that killed a man and shot five others to avenge the death of his relative, former prep wrestling standout Darian Kess. Prosecutors pointed to the indictment when it was filed 16 months ago as an example of taking on complex and challenging case.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | January 12, 2010
One of nine people charged in what authorities contend is a huge drug conspiracy turned against two of his former bosses Monday, testifying as a government witness on the opening day of their narcotics conspiracy and weapons possession trial. At least a half-dozen people have reached plea agreements with the Maryland U.S. attorney's office, including Antoine Boston, who was alleged to have been a drug shop manager for Johnnie "JR" Butler and Calvin "Turkey" Wright. Boston testified Monday to certain heroin dealings with the defendants, whose attorneys worked to discredit him. Prosecutors contend Butler and Wright ran a violent and well-connected heroin operation on Baltimore's east side, able to sneak drugs into prison, get a heads-up about warrants from courthouse staff and skirt the gun-application process.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
A federal court judge on Thursday sentenced 21-year-old Romesh Vance, who was featured in a 2005 documentary about Baltimore boys sent to boarding school in Kenya, to 70 months in prison for participating in a drug conspiracy at the Gilmor Homes public housing complex. "I'm hoping that Mr. Vance will be one of the real success stories," U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg said in handing down the sentence. Legg noted Vance's youth, "tremendous" family support and the many opportunities he's had in his short life that have shown him better ways of doing things.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
A 13-year-old Romesh Vance sat on a Baltimore carousel eight years ago, spinning slowly as he predicted his future. "I think all our lives [are] going to be bad now," he said. The statement was captured on camera by the documentary filmmakers following his journey - and its premature end - at the Baraka boarding school in Kenya, which gave a handful of disadvantaged city boys the chance to study in Africa. The school was unexpectedly closed in 2003. On Wednesday, a 21-year-old Vance pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to participating in a drug conspiracy involving nearly two dozen people who allegedly sold cocaine and crack out of the Gilmor Homes public housing complex.
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By Jim Haner and Jim Haner,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1999
George A. Dangerfield Jr. -- the 29-year-old convicted drug dealer who became one of the city's largest slum landlords -- walked into U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to face federal drug conspiracy charges wearing a double-breasted suit and a wide grin."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
A Baltimore police officer indicted on drug conspiracy charges was released yesterday on $100,000 bail by a city judge after a hearing in which prosecutors said the officer tried to warn suspected drug dealers about their impending arrests. Officer Aleacia L. Hill, 25, said nothing during the hearing and declined to comment afterward. Her lawyer said Hill is innocent. During Hill's initial appearance before Circuit Judge John M. Glynn yesterday, prosecutors laid out details of the sting operation that led to the officer's arrest.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
In 1991, Charles "Billy" Guy became the first person convicted under Maryland's newly enacted drug kingpin statute, which carried a mandatory prison term of 20 years without parole. A New Yorker, he had regularly traveled to the Inner Harbor in limousines and spent lavishly on diamonds as he collected as much as $30,000 a week in drug profits. "Yesterday," a Sun article at the time read, "the lavish lifestyle ended for the man who called himself 'the great Billy Guy.'" Not quite, according to federal authorities.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Hoping to tamp down crime in a particularly troubled section of West Baltimore, city police and prosecutors have announced the indictment on drug conspiracy charges of nine people who they say have been terrorizing the neighborhood. Though the charges do not connect the defendants to any specific acts of violence, State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said investigators had "dismantled a major drug organization linked to historic and recent violence" in the Coppin Heights area. "These kinds of narcotics operations invariably bring violence along with them," Bernstein said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
To rack up arrests and look good for his bosses, Officer Kendell Richburg decided to ensure that his confidential informant could continue dealing drugs and funneling him information. He paid the unnamed informant with city funds, a standard procedure, but also gave him seized drugs to resell, according to court records. Richburg told the informant about the whereabouts of law enforcement in the Pimlico area where he operated, and the informant would tell Richburg about drug activity.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
A federal grand jury indicted a Baltimore police officer Friday on charges that he was involved in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. In an indictment unsealed Friday, federal prosecutors allege that Kendell L. Richburg, 36, took part in a drug scheme between January 2011 and October 2012. He is further accused of having and using two handguns to further the conspiracy. "Corrupt police officers insult the many honorable officers who serve with integrity," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.
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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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
When a relative of accused druglord Robert G. Moore was stabbed and killed during a robbery, authorities say, Moore vowed to avenge the death. Over the next eight months, Moore and members of his East Baltimore drug syndicate picked off the man they suspected of killing the relative, former standout high school wrestler Darian Kess, and shot five more people, police and prosecutors say. On Friday, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein announced...
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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 | August 22, 2011
An Elkton woman indicted last year alongside a reputed drug kingpin on charges they ran a vast heroin ring was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison Monday, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. Tahirah Carter, 35, was charged with drug conspiracy in August for her role as a courier for Steven Blackwell Jr., a key player, authorities say, in a violent drug feud that has led to at least four homicides and several shootouts on Baltimore streets. She pleaded guilty last fall, according to online court records, though much about her case has been kept secret.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1999
Four members of a suspected Park Heights gang were ordered jailed until their trial on federal drug charges as prosecutors unsealed a murder indictment against three of the defendants.The more serious charges -- murder in furtherance of a drug conspiracy -- carry a maximum penalty of death. The indictment was unsealed in U.S. District Court on Friday when prosecutors began to outline their case.Attorneys for the four men -- Stover Stockton, Elijah Jacobs, Levi Johnson and Antonio Hayes -- tried to convince Magistrate Daniel E. Klein that their clients should be set free until trial.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
A federal court judge on Thursday sentenced 21-year-old Romesh Vance, who was featured in a 2005 documentary about Baltimore boys sent to boarding school in Kenya, to 70 months in prison for participating in a drug conspiracy at the Gilmor Homes public housing complex. "I'm hoping that Mr. Vance will be one of the real success stories," U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg said in handing down the sentence. Legg noted Vance's youth, "tremendous" family support and the many opportunities he's had in his short life that have shown him better ways of doing things.
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