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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
A federal judge imposed a six-year sentence Friday on Jacob Theodore George IV, who sold heroin on the online drug bazaar Silk Road. George, 33, an Edgewood man with a history of arrests, drug abuse and mental health problems, apologized to the judge. He said he cried as he confessed to the federal agents who caught him. "I made a bad decision helping with Silk Road," George said, reading from prepared notes. George, who was taken into custody in early 2012, was one of the first dealers on the site to be arrested.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
A federal judge imposed a six-year sentence Friday on Jacob Theodore George IV, who sold heroin on the online drug bazaar Silk Road. George, 33, an Edgewood man with a history of arrests, drug abuse and mental health problems, apologized to the judge. He said he cried as he confessed to the federal agents who caught him. "I made a bad decision helping with Silk Road," George said, reading from prepared notes. George, who was taken into custody in early 2012, was one of the first dealers on the site to be arrested.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Garnett Gilbert Smith lived well: he owned a fleet of luxury cars, stayed at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars at Gucci, Cartier and Louis Vuitton. He also worked hard, federal authorities say, shipping a metric ton of cocaine from California to Baltimore between 2010 and 2011, clearing $10,000 profit on each kilogram. In all, prosecutors wrote in court documents, he raked in $10 million. Smith pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge in October, but authorities also believe he trafficked heroin.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
By the time D. Watkins was in his early 20s, he had filled a shoe box with obituaries. Kids he had grown up with in East Baltimore. Classmates, neighbors, guys from the corners. His uncle. And, eventually, his older brother. The brief paragraphs and grainy photos testified to lives cut short, lives touched by the drug trade: users, dealers, those caught in the crossfire. Watkins had 120 thin brochures from funerals, enough to fill a Nike box. They were the only printed records of the lives of people he cared about.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
An Edgewood drug dealer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to supplying customers around the world through the Silk Road online marketplace. Jacob Theodore George IV, 32, admitted to agents with the Department of Homeland Security in January 2012 that he sold heroin and methylone — a synthetic drug often marketed as "bath salts" — using the hidden site. Silk Road was taken down and its alleged founder arrested at a San Francisco library early last month. George's attorney said he had been in custody since last year, but the charges against him were not filed until after the bust.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2011
A 31-year-old Baltimore drug dealer, who murdered an FBI informant in south Baltimore's Westport neighborhood in 2009, was sentenced Wednesday to four life terms in federal prison, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Antonio "Mack" Hall was convicted in August of killing Kareem Kelly Guest, who told investigators that Hall liked to "bang the gun" and was connected to several drug-related Baltimore killings. Jurors also found Hall guilty of weapons violations and a seven-year conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
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April 10, 2010
A Reisterstown pharmacist was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison for selling 34,000 prescription painkillers to a drug dealer, the U.S. attorney's office for Maryland announced. Ketankumar Arvind Patel, 48, was also ordered to forfeit the $400,000 he was paid for the pills, which contained the powerful opioid oxycodone. Court records say that Patel, who lives in Eldersburg, told the dealer how to write phony prescriptions for OxyContin and Percocet, then filled them from his Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in the 11800 block of Reisterstown Road between 2007 and 2009.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison and ordered to forfeit luxury cars, jewelry and more than $25,000 in cash. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Donwand Cuppatino Harmon, 37, of Annapolis, who in a plea agreement said that he had conspired to distribute heroin in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. "Heroin is a powerful drug that is affecting communities, destroying lives and tearing apart families," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a prepared statement.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
Christian Gettis says he doesn't know why men rushed into his Northeast Baltimore home in late 2010, tied up his wife and shot him multiple times. Federal prosecutors said Friday they suspect it probably had something to do with his heroin ring. According to his attorney, Gettis, 39, was mentoring young people and working at the West Baltimore clothing store Samos while shielding those close to him — including his wife and a son in college — from the knowledge that he was dealing drugs.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2011
A 29-year-old Baltimore drug dealer, who sold crack and powder cocaine in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Robert Campbell, who goes by "Son Son" or "Sonny," acknowledged in his plea agreement that he distributed at least five kilograms of powder cocaine throughout Baltimore from January 2009 through June 2010, and more than 50 grams of crack. tricia.bishop@baltsun.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
A Pasadena man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to tipping off a major cocaine dealer that his phone was being monitored after learning about the tap from a local court official. Last June, Joshua Ferguson, 34, found out from a friend who worked at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that authorities were conducting a wiretap investigation, and the next day called one of the targets of the investigation to warn him. The court employee, Sarah Harris, 23, had learned about the investigation when a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer came in to file applications for other electronic surveillance in the case.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced Friday to 17 1/2 years in prison and ordered to forfeit luxury cars, jewelry and more than $25,000 in cash. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Donwand Cuppatino Harmon, 37, of Annapolis, who in a plea agreement said that he had conspired to distribute heroin in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. "Heroin is a powerful drug that is affecting communities, destroying lives and tearing apart families," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a prepared statement.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in a radio interview on Thursday evening expressed doubt that marijuana should be legalized.  Batts, responding to a question from host Anthony McCarthy on WEAA, discussed his own upbringing in describing his view on marijuana, which recently became legal in two states. Batts said he grew up in a poor neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles, but attend a "very rich" high school 90 minutes away. He said the students there were children of movie directors, lawyers and bankers.  "Those kids experimented with drugs, but when they went to a certain age, they dropped those habits and went into corporate America," Batts said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Garnett Gilbert Smith lived well: he owned a fleet of luxury cars, stayed at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars at Gucci, Cartier and Louis Vuitton. He also worked hard, federal authorities say, shipping a metric ton of cocaine from California to Baltimore between 2010 and 2011, clearing $10,000 profit on each kilogram. In all, prosecutors wrote in court documents, he raked in $10 million. Smith pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge in October, but authorities also believe he trafficked heroin.
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By Brandi Bottalico and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A Baltimore jury convicted two men on murder, extortion and false imprisonment charges Wednesday for abducting a man and taking his girlfriend's ransom money before killing him and dumping his body in the Patapsco River. Eric Pendergrass went missing in early 2009 and turned up dead soon after. The jury convicted Donta Vaughn, 37, and Darryl Nichols, 38, of the abduction plot after about a day of deliberation. Sherrell Ferguson, 32, who helped obtain the ransom payments, according to court records, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Appearing as Malik "Poot" Carr for five seasons on "The Wire," Tray Chaney enjoyed one of the longest lives any drug dealer has ever had in prime time. "I was so lucky in my very first acting role," says Chaney, now living in La Plata, Charles County. "You can't be any more blessed than that starting out. " He's intent on sharing some of that blessed feeling. The father of two runs a production company and has a new film coming out in December. He's promoting HIV testing for the Prince George's County Health Department and making appearances and a music video for United Way of Maryland.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
A Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty to identity theft and extortion Wednesday after being caught in an elaborate FBI sting that involved an informant posing as a crooked tax preparer and heroin dealer. Over the course of this spring, Ashley Roane, 26, worked with the informant to try to file false tax returns using information she lifted from police databases, and agreed to protect the informant's supposed drug-dealing business. Roane, who held a wad of tissue and dabbed her eyes as the plea hearing began, faces between five years and a little over nine years in jail when she is sentenced in February.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
An Edgewood drug dealer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to supplying customers around the world through the Silk Road online marketplace. Jacob Theodore George IV, 32, admitted to agents with the Department of Homeland Security in January 2012 that he sold heroin and methylone — a synthetic drug often marketed as "bath salts" — using the hidden site. Silk Road was taken down and its alleged founder arrested at a San Francisco library early last month. George's attorney said he had been in custody since last year, but the charges against him were not filed until after the bust.
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