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June 28, 2011
One of the leaders of a large drug distribution ring busted in Harford County in 2008 was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison. Tanya Valencia Mack, 40, of Abingdon, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine. A federal jury convicted Mack on Feb. 14. She was a fugitive for 14 months, until her arrest on Dec. 8, 2009.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
From a home base in Houston, federal authorities say, a Remington native has been directing a cross-country drug operation that shipped large quantities of heroin to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans and elsewhere. Fred Douglas Brooks III, 46, had already served two federal prison terms for drug trafficking when he allegedly launched a new venture despite having betrayed a crew of Mexican suppliers by testifying against them in 2005. The latest business - a "high-level, interstate narcotics-trafficking and money-laundering operation," according to federal prosecutors in Louisiana - flourished until his arrest June 30 in Houston, authorities say. At least 16 people, including Brooks, have been charged in connection with the case; seven are charged in U.S. District Court in Maryland.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
When Antonio Malone needed $15,000 to pay off the assailants who stormed his West Baltimore rowhouse and demanded money and heroin, a gang leader told him exactly where to go. Police say he was sent to a 12 t h floor apartment at The Redwood, the home of Felicia "Snoop" Pearson. The building on South Eutaw Street, within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and featuring a large ninth-floor deck and a 'round-the-clock fitness center, seems appropriate for an actress on the much-acclaimed HBO series "The Wire.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Authorities charged 17 alleged members of a West Baltimore cocaine and heroin ring that used distinctive yellow and green packaging for its product, the State's Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Three men were charged in federal court and had their initial appearances before a judge in the afternoon. Of the 14 others, 9 were arrested Wednesday in a series of raids that police said hit multiple places around Baltimore. The drug ring operated in the Gilmor Homes public housing project and the case was developed by the Baltimore police and Drug Enforcement Administration using wiretaps, prosecutors said.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | August 20, 1994
Police raided a West Baltimore rowhouse yesterday morning and arrested an 18-year-old New York man and seized 3 ounces of crack cocaine, 1 ounce of heroin and more than $1,000 in cash, law enforcement officials reported.Officers with the Violent Crimes Task Force broke down a steel-grate door on a rowhouse in the 1900 block of W. Baltimore St. about 10 a.m. and arrested Herbert Lee Cephus, 18.Police said he was charged with two counts of drug distribution, a handgun violation and possession of a stolen handgun.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | September 14, 1990
Residents of an East Baltimore neighborhood may feel safer today after police said they cracked an drug ring that reportedly sold $4 million a year worth of cocaine and heroin."
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By A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 14, 1999
Two conspirators in a jail drug ring masterminded by notorious heroin dealer John Edward "Liddy" Jones were sentenced yesterday to prison terms in federal court in Baltimore.Joyce Y. Cottom, Jones' girlfriend, who arranged to buy the drugs and smuggle them to Jones at the Baltimore City Detention Center, was sentenced to 33 months in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and marijuana.Aaron Liles, Cottom's granddaughter's boyfriend, who collected money from friends and relatives of Jones' jail customers, got 30 months for drug conspiracy.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and TaNoah Morgan and Dan Thanh Dang and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF Sun librarians Paul McCardell, Jean Packard and Bobby Schrott contributed to this article | February 24, 1997
Loyalty cloaked one of the largest and most unlikely drug rings in Anne Arundel history through five years of police pursuit while it flourished in a Severna Park barbershop, authorities say.In the end being played out now, authorities say, those same ties brought down John Vincent Baumgarten Sr. and the home-grown "family" of drug dealers who terrorized a community and supplied the county with a steady flow of cocaine. One of their most trusted aides provided the information to put the group behind bars, officials say.As a strange story of barbering and drug-dealing unravels in a federal courtroom with chapters on cocaine transactions, arson, intimidation and a $25,000 contract for a hit, the quiet Magothy River community of Cape St. Claire near Annapolis has listened agog.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1997
Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments yesterday against an Anne Arundel County man and his two sons, charging them with smuggling nearly 110 pounds of cocaine from southern Florida to Maryland as part of a busy drug ring they allegedly ran out of the family's Severna Park barbershop.The indictments came as prosecutors announced that three ring members had decided to plead guilty to their roles in running cocaine and marijuana up the East Coast to Anne Arundel and distributing the drugs to lower-level dealers in the county.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1997
The wife of a man serving a 6 1/2 -year federal prison term for drug trafficking was sentenced yesterday to three years' probation for taking a minor role in what prosecutors call a huge drug operation.Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michael E. Loney gave Melissa Ruth Rodriguez, 30, a one-year jail sentence but suspended it in favor of probation. The prosecution did not ask for incarceration.Rodriguez, of the 2100 block of Parksley Ave. in Baltimore, maintained that she was an unwitting participant in a drug ring alleged to have been operated from a Cape St. Claire home and a Severna Park barbershop.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
The head teller at a Perry Hall bank and the reputed leader of a drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a money laundering conspiracy, court records show. According to a copy of their plea agreements, Deanna Bailey was a member of a drug ring that moved at least 500 pounds of marijuana from the "southwestern United States to Maryland for the purpose of distributing it for profit once it arrived. " The government alleges Bailey was head of the organization - she says she was only a member, records show.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Two men were sentenced to 10 years in prison this week as federal prosecutors seek to close the books on a large illegal drug ring they say operated out of Latrobe Homes in East Baltimore. Judges sentenced Raymond Williams, 36, on Thursday, and Melvin Thompson, 31, on Tuesday. The two were charged in a case officials called Operation Usual Suspects that nabbed a total of 66 defendants in March 2011, including "The Wire" actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson. Numerous other defendants have been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
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By Tricia Bishop | June 22, 2012
A 41-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for his role in a heroin conspiracy that spread through three Maryland counties, federal prosecutors announced. Alvin Williams Jr., who used his home to process the drug which was distributed throughout the city as well as Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, pleaded guilty in April, after two days of trial. To date, more than two dozen of the roughly 30 people indicted in the case have pleaded guilty. The drug ring was run by Christian Gettis, who described himself during a February sentencing hearing as a family man living a double life: secretly dealing drugs while holding down a job in retail.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
A cocaine trafficking ring that for years distributed "vast amounts" of Honduran cocaine throughout the mid-Atlantic region has been busted, and three Maryland residents and 25 Virginia residents involved have been arrested, according to federal prosecutors. The drug ring, based in Northern Virginia, routinely paid couriers to fly into the United States from Honduras with cocaine stashed in shoes, decorative wooden frames and other "innocuous items" that would blend in with their luggage, according to a statement on the bust released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
When Antonio Malone needed $15,000 to pay off the assailants who stormed his West Baltimore rowhouse and demanded money and heroin, a gang leader told him exactly where to go. Police say he was sent to a 12 t h floor apartment at The Redwood, the home of Felicia "Snoop" Pearson. The building on South Eutaw Street, within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and featuring a large ninth-floor deck and a 'round-the-clock fitness center, seems appropriate for an actress on the much-acclaimed HBO series "The Wire.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2011
A Gwynn Oak man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to sell between 1 and 3 kilograms of heroin, prosecutors said. Recco F. Beaufort, 52, was the principal transporter of heroin for a drug trafficking group that processed and distributed heroin less than 1,000 feet from a charter school, according to a statement from Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office. Beaufort delivered heroin for a New Jersey man named Charles C. "Billy" Guy, 43, to a Baltimore man named Christian Gettis, 39, the statement said.
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By Peter Hermann and Cheryl L. Tan and Peter Hermann and Cheryl L. Tan,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1997
More than 150 police officers swept through Armistead Gardens in Northeast Baltimore yesterday afternoon hoping to break up a ring of teen-age drug dealers who they said were relatives and friends of another drug gang busted eight months ago."I stood here on this very corner and watched the cops arrest the older brothers of the people we are locking up today," said police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier, standing at Quantril Way and Harper Way. "We are going to keep coming back here until this behavior stops."
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By Peter Hermann and Nancy A. Youssef and Peter Hermann and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2000
A suspect in the killing of a Baltimore County police sergeant during a jewelry store robbery last month was arrested after federal agents investigating an unrelated case overheard him on a wiretap trying to sell stolen watches, according to law enforcement sources. The secretly recorded telephone conversation not only led to the arrests of three other suspects, it helped police break up a suspected drug ring in raids on 49 houses, 23 arrests and the seizure of nearly 15 pounds of cocaine and heroin and $813,000.
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June 28, 2011
One of the leaders of a large drug distribution ring busted in Harford County in 2008 was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison. Tanya Valencia Mack, 40, of Abingdon, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine. A federal jury convicted Mack on Feb. 14. She was a fugitive for 14 months, until her arrest on Dec. 8, 2009.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
Actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, indicted last month as a co-conspirator in a drug ring, will be released from the city jail on electronic monitoring so she can travel to Philadelphia to film a movie. Pearson, 30, who had troubles with the law before gaining fame for her role on HBO's "The Wire," was among more than 60 people charged in a drug conspiracy case and had been held without bond. Her initial attorney, entertainment lawyer Paul Gardner, launched a "Free Snoop" campaign on YouTube, and later was replaced with attorney Benjamin C. Sutley.
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