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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
A federal judge doled out lengthy prison sentences this week to members of a violent drug-dealing crew that operated on the downtown strip of bars and clubs known as The Block and killed a dancer who worked for them when they thought she was a threat to their business. Donte Baker, Tyrone Johniken and Gary Cromartie, who dealt heroin and crack cocaine together in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St., were convicted last year in the murder of Cherrie Gammon, a 25-year-old stripper and mother of two who worked at Club Pussycat.
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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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
A federal indictment unsealed Friday accuses four people — including a mother and her son — of directing a drug-dealing operation in Baltimore's strip-club district through violence and intimidation, including the 2010 killing of a dancer they suspected of giving information to police. Police had arrested one of the defendants named in this week's indictment, Tyrone Johniken, last January in the killing of 25-year-old Cherrie Gammon, who was fatally shot in Leakin Park on Dec. 12, 2010.
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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 BRIAN SULLAM | February 14, 1993
C The late-night shooting of a young African-American man over a bad drug deal is as rare in Carroll County as it is common in Baltimore's inner-city neighborhoods.But let us not fool ourselves. Drug dealing takes place in Carroll. As a result of the Jan. 29 killing of Gregory Lamont Howard, we are discovering a lot we didn't know about drug dealing in this county. And much of this new information challenges our comfortable preconceptions.All too often, we have considered drug trafficking to be a problem that is confined to the big-city African-American neighborhoods.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1998
Carol B. Dawkins, a former West Baltimore crossing guard and community activist who led several marches against drug use in her neighborhood, died Wednesday of heart failure while visiting relatives in New York.A diminutive woman, Mrs. Dawkins, 75, lived and worked in the Sandtown-Winchester community for many years.She was known for standing up to drug dealers and their customers."No one wanted to mess with her," said her son, Rodney Dawkins of Washington. "She had no fear of anyone. She didn't (( care who you were, how bad you were or what your record was. If you were doing wrong, she'd let you know."
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | February 5, 2009
Baltimore officials want to be able to quickly intervene when they uncover drug dealing at stores and restaurants. Testifying yesterday before a Senate committee, a housing department employee said "illicit businesses" continue while the city waits more than a month to file a civil action against the property owner and its tenant - under a state law that they want repealed or revised. A House committee will hear testimony on the bill today. "What we're talking about are places that most often are just fronts for drug operations," said Robert Durocher, a city attorney with the housing department.
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By Peter Hermann and Howard Libit and Peter Hermann and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writers | September 2, 1994
More than 150 heavily armed city police and federal agents raided 15 West Baltimore houses and arrested 13 suspects yesterday, climaxing a six-week operation that netted thousands dollars worth of heroin and several pounds of cocaine.Police said they seized substantial quantities of suspected crack cocaine and heroin from a stash house in the 500 block of Bloom St. An occupant of the house, Cheryl Willis, 31, was charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, distribution of cocaine and heroin and manufacturing drugs.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1998
John Baumgarten and his two sons have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for running a giant cocaine ring out of their Severna Park barbershop, prosecutors said.The Baumgarten organization sold more than 60 pounds of cocaine and instilled fear throughout Cape St. Claire, where the Baumgartens lived."We're especially pleased at the lengthy sentences because these prosecutions had a significant impact on the community in Anne Arundel County," said Lynne A. Battaglia, the U.S. attorney for Maryland.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | May 14, 1993
An Arbutus man has admitted to illegally selling 184 handguns -- most of them semiautomatic weapons -- to a man who put them into the hands of drug dealers.Otis W. Cutler Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to one felony violation before Judge Frederic N. Smalkin in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday. A plea agreement requires him to spend 15 to 27 months in prison. Sentencing was set for Aug. 25.His co-defendant, Wilton U. Caver, 30, of Baltimore, is scheduled to go on trial next month on federal charges of knowingly selling guns for use in drug trafficking.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Tourists never come to see the cherry blossoms in West Baltimore, in the heart of what local residents warmly refer to as "the hood. " But they could, as far as Marvin "Doc" Cheatham is concerned. "We could have people ride through, neighbors selling hot dogs and hamburgers, saying, 'You don't got to go to Washington for cherry blossoms!'" Cheatham said this weekend from his front steps in the 1600 block of Appleton St. The block has about 40 occupied homes, 11 boarded-up vacants, and about a dozen cherry trees - planted by the city in the 1970s, as Cheatham recalls.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | February 19, 2014
The four southern Howard County residents charged in the fatal shooting of a Laurel man in his pickup truck in North Laurel last month were indicted on first-degree murder charges Wednesday. The indicted are: Desmick Jermario Lewis, 22, of the 7000 block of Talisman Lane in Columbia; Amanda Nicole McAdoo, 18, of the 9500 block of 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 were indicted Wednesday of first-degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy and gun charges by a Howard County grand jury.
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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 Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Police were approaching a drug deal in the parking lot of a downtown gas station Wednesday night when one of the suspects' cars drove off, dragging an officer "several feet" as police fired, Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. One of the cars drove at another of the four uniformed officers outside the Exxon at the corner of West Mulberry and North Greene streets, causing him to also fire his gun in self-defense, Rodriguez said. Rodriguez would not say how many suspects were involved, in custody or at large, pending further investigation.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Baltimore police, prosecutors and federal agents launched a massive strike against the Black Guerrilla Family gang this week, after indicting 48 suspects in an alleged eight-year campaign of drug dealing and violence that claimed 10 lives. The breadth of the coordinated operation reflects the growing concern over the BGF's role on the streets of Baltimore. Authorities say the one-time prison gang is using force and intimidation to take control of neighborhoods drug corner by drug corner - one reason, they say, violent crime is on the rise.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
A federal judge doled out lengthy prison sentences this week to members of a violent drug-dealing crew that operated on the downtown strip of bars and clubs known as The Block and killed a dancer who worked for them when they thought she was a threat to their business. Donte Baker, Tyrone Johniken and Gary Cromartie, who dealt heroin and crack cocaine together in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St., were convicted last year in the murder of Cherrie Gammon, a 25-year-old stripper and mother of two who worked at Club Pussycat.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1997
Kenneth Devane called the police at least three times a week to report drug dealing in his East Baltimore neighborhood, friends and relatives said. Mr. Devane also broke up countless deals by standing in his doorway with a camera.Mr. Devane, 61, who died Saturday of heart failure at his home, was known in his Greenmount North community as someone who cared about the neighborhood -- especially the youths -- and often led a one-man fight to keep it safe and clean."He did a lot of things that people would be too afraid to do and too lazy to do," said his son, Tyrone Devane of Baltimore.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1998
Shirley Andrews created a brochure full of heroin statistics. On the front, she printed a picture of her son, Michael "Scott" Payne, whose life was cut short by heroin.Andrews went to Annapolis yesterday to support two bills she said could deter drug dealing in schools. The measures are sponsored by Del. Joseph M. Getty, a Manchester Republican.One would require police to notify school authorities when a student is arrested on felony drug charges. The other would permit charging those 16 and older as adults when they are arrested on felony drug charges.
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February 18, 2013
The recent article regarding city finances ("Trash fee, job cuts urged," Feb. 12) cited no evidence of the primary cause of the population loss of Baltimore City. The mayor assumes that high property taxes are the reason. I disagree. I believe drug-fed crime is the primary cause. Can't someone do a simple poll to find out why people have left Baltimore? If I am right, the answer is not to cut city services to lower property taxes but to decriminalize drugs and establish more health clinics for drug rehabilitation.
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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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