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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 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 | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 9, 2010
A Reisterstown pharmacist was sentenced to six years in federal prison Friday for illegally selling 34,000 prescription pain-killing pills to a drug dealer, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Ketankumar Arvind Patel, 48, was also ordered to forfeit the $400,000 he was paid for the pills, which contained a powerful opioid pain killer called oxycodone. Court records claim that Patel, who lives in Eldersburg, told the dealer how to write phony prescriptions for OxyContin and Percocet and then filled them from his Medicine Shoppe pharmacy at 11813œ Reisterstown Road between 2007 and 2009.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2011
An man who police say is a member of a Baltimore drug organization tied to a rash of violence across the city has been charged with attempted murder after police say he dumped scalding water on a 71-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman to punish them for stealing drugs. Police wrote in court papers that the victims were receiving free "testers" of heroin in exchange for allowing two men to stash drugs in their apartment in the Latrobe Homes projects, in East Baltimore. On Feb. 17, the dealers, identified as 28-year-old Eric Rich and a second man who has not been arrested, checked on the stash and believed the amount to be short.
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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 Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
A 40-year-old Baltimore man who crashed his Acura into an elderly driver's car while fleeing police last year was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for dealing heroin after drugs were discovered in his abandoned car. Umar Burley also pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court this month to vehicular manslaughter in connection with the Northwest Baltimore crash, which killed 86-year-old Elbert Davis, the father of a police officer....
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
For more than a year, authorities believe, Steven "J.R. " Blackwell Jr. was at the center of a street war with a rival faction that saw as many as two dozen people shot across Baltimore. In an empty federal courtroom Wednesday, the 27-year-old Blackwell, never previously convicted of a crime, pleaded guilty to overseeing a multimillion-dollar heroin conspiracy and laundering the proceeds through gambling winnings in Las Vegas and state lottery tickets. Though the charges were devoid of accusations of violence, court records have linked Blackwell to a wave of shootings and killings touched off by the April 2008 abduction of his then-teenage brothers.
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By Norris West | May 16, 1999
HERE'S A challenge: Drive through the Annapolis' Robinwood housing development in the midafternoon or early evening on a pleasant day and take a good look at the teen-agers and young men who will undoubtedly be standing or milling about.Now, try telling the difference between those who are dealing drugs or otherwise making trouble and those who are not.But wait. Before you take up that challenge, try this one: Look at those loiterers without presuming that all of them are up to no good.I took the same test myself.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer | October 27, 1994
A suspected interstate drug dealer was to appear at a bail hearing in U.S. District Court today following his arrest yesterday on a Pimlico street on a warrant charging him with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, said a spokesman for a federal drug agency.Arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and city police around 6:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of Park Heights Ave. was Frederick Douglas Brooks 3rd, 27, whose last known address was the 2900 block of Huntingdon Ave. in north Baltimore.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | April 26, 1994
An Anne Arundel Circuit judge yesterday released a 39-year-old Annapolis man who said the five years he spent behind bars for drug dealing were good for him.Samuel John Hastey, a former Annapolis summer basketball league coach, was released from the House of Correction in Jessup yesterday by Judge Bruce C. Williams. A former Annapolis mayor, a lawyer, a sheriff's deputy and three of the inmate's brothers spoke on his behalf."I really think he's paid his price," said Roger W. Moyer, a former mayor and council member in the 1960s and 1970s, and long-time friend of Mr. Hastey's family.
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