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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
A corrections officer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to smuggling drugs into the Baltimore City Detention Center for members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Adrena Rice, 25, could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years for "frequently" bringing drugs into the detention center on the behalf of Tavon White, prosecutors said in court. Authorities identified White as a top-ranking Black Guerrilla Family member at the jail who worked with correctional officers to get drugs and cellphones into the jails.
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October 29, 2013
A ruling handed down by a federal court this week strongly suggests that recent changes in state laws governing marijuana are now being reflected in how federal drug laws are enforced and will further change the conversation about marijuana use in America. U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar acknowledged that new reality when he sentenced Scott Russell Segal this week to nearly five years in prison for his role in smuggling hundreds of kilograms of marijuana to Howard and Anne Arundel counties from California and New Jersey.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1996
A New York City police officer was being held yesterday in the Harford County Detention Center on drug smuggling charges after he allegedly admitted to a state trooper that he was earning extra money for hauling 639 grams of crack cocaine to North Carolina.Trooper David Hughes of the JFK Barracks stopped the off-duty officer, Brian McGuire, Saturday afternoon for doing 74 mph in a 65-mph zone, according to court records. McGuire, 35, and Emmett Tracy Hardy, 29, were heading south on Interstate 95 in a rented 1996 Oldsmobile Royale.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
A corrections officer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to smuggling drugs into the Baltimore City Detention Center for members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Adrena Rice, 25, could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years for "frequently" bringing drugs into the detention center on the behalf of Tavon White, prosecutors said in court. Authorities identified White as a top-ranking Black Guerrilla Family member at the jail who worked with correctional officers to get drugs and cellphones into the jails.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1998
A federal jury convicted John Baumgarten and his two sons yesterday of running a much feared drug smuggling ring out of their Severna Park barbershop, which they used as cover to sell more than 60 pounds of cocaine in Anne Arundel County.The stylishly coiffed Baumgartens appeared stunned when the verdicts were read in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Just moments earlier, John Baumgarten Sr. had given a big smile and a "thumbs up" sign to his wife as though he were confident he would be hearing good news.
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By DENNIS BERNSTEIN AND ROBERT KNIGHT and DENNIS BERNSTEIN AND ROBERT KNIGHT,Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service | September 29, 1996
BOB DOLE AND Bill Clinton are dueling over who will be tougher in the fight to end America's growing drug dependency. Yet neither candidate has condemned the CIA's alleged involvement in generating the nation's largest influx of drugs in modern history.Thanks to a recent investigative series in the San Jose Mercury News, the CIA-drug connection is back in the news."This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the 'crack' capital of the world," Gary Webb of the Mercury News wrote.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2000
Startled by last week's attack on a Baltimore County marine officer, U.S. Coast Guard and Customs officials are trying to determine whether drug dealers are using high-speed boats to smuggle their product through the Chesapeake Bay. The practice is called a "mother ship operation," in which a freighter drops anchor offshore and transfers large quantities of drugs onto speedboats that take the contraband ashore. Law enforcement officials have been battling similar operations in the Caribbean and off the Florida coast for more than a decade.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
Two corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were injured shortly after noon on Wednesday when a detainee refused to enter his cell and a struggle ensued, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said. The inmate, at the jail on drug charges, was being transferred to the cell when he refused to enter it, according to Rick Binetti, a department spokesman. As the two male officers began trying to subdue the inmate, both received minor injuries, Binetti said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1998
Portraying John Baumgarten and his two sons as being as adept at cocaine smuggling and countersurveillance as at cutting hair, federal prosecutors set out to prove yesterday that the family ran a $3 million drug ring from its Severna Park barbershop."
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1999
State officials are investigating suspected drug smuggling by prison employees to a powerful ring of inmates at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup.Officials said yesterday that they were also investigating the possibility that female corrections officers sold sex to inmates."We are definitely looking at that," said George B. Brosan, deputy secretary of the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "Prostitution is not only a violation of law, but within the correction system, any sexual contact between inmates and staff is prohibited."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
Two corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center were injured shortly after noon on Wednesday when a detainee refused to enter his cell and a struggle ensued, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said. The inmate, at the jail on drug charges, was being transferred to the cell when he refused to enter it, according to Rick Binetti, a department spokesman. As the two male officers began trying to subdue the inmate, both received minor injuries, Binetti said.
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February 10, 2011
Justin Fenton's article, "2 guilty in drug case linked to cartel" (Feb. 8), plus dozens of previous reports related to the actions of drug cartels on both sides of the Mexican border, are extremely disturbing and disgusting. The distribution and utilization of these drugs by so many Americans is far more damaging to the welfare of our country than some of our global military conflicts when you consider they are actually destroying the hearts and minds of so many of our young people who will be the future foundation of our country.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2009
The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas: From their prison cells and with the help of corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang were feasting on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars - all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members. A seven-month investigation that included wiretaps on contraband prison cell phones led to the indictment on drug and weapons charges of 24 people - including four state prison officers - who authorities believe are leaders or associates of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, officials announced Thursday.
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By Jessica Anderson | June 25, 2008
A correctional officer at the Baltimore City Detention Center has been arrested and charged with drug offenses after another officer saw marijuana being passed to a prisoner, according to a statement yesterday by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. According to court documents, Tonyette Yeargin, 19, of Northeast Baltimore was arrested Saturday on charges that include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and delivery of illegal contraband. The statement says a correctional officer witnessed the incident and notified authorities.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 17, 2001
Carroll prosecutors yesterday dropped a felony charge against a former corrections officer at the Carroll County Detention Center accused of smuggling heroin to several inmates in return for cocaine for his own use. Jeffrey Ronald Meyers, 24, joined the staff at the jail Nov. 9 and was arrested Jan. 17 after a two-week investigation, according to Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning. Small vials of heroin, worth $10 to $20 each, were smuggled into the jail in cleaning supplies provided to the inmates, the sheriff said, and in exchange, the deputy was provided with cocaine by an inmate's mother.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2000
Startled by last week's attack on a Baltimore County marine officer, U.S. Coast Guard and Customs officials are trying to determine whether drug dealers are using high-speed boats to smuggle their product through the Chesapeake Bay. The practice is called a "mother ship operation," in which a freighter drops anchor offshore and transfers large quantities of drugs onto speedboats that take the contraband ashore. Law enforcement officials have been battling similar operations in the Caribbean and off the Florida coast for more than a decade.
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October 6, 1997
THE LAND OF THE FREE abuses civil liberties to get drugs off the street. That fact of life was harshly revealed to Jamaican musician Peter "Galaxy P" Jackson last week at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. He was threatened, strip-searched and hauled off to a hospital for X-rays that might reveal hidden drugs; all because he appeared nervous during questioning by U.S. customs agents. They found nothing.A presumption of guilt has become standard procedure for law enforcement officials trying to guess who is carrying illegal drugs.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | July 9, 1992
An Annapolis lawmaker has sparked a furor by charging that '' police have failed to catch the city's major drug traffickers and calling for a sweeping investigation into drug smuggling in the historic harbor.Alderman Carl O. Snowden criticized two high-profile crackdowns on street-level drug dealing in recent months for yielding more publicity than arrests. The Ward 5 Democrat is urging city, state and federal investigators to team up to stop suppliers from smuggling drugs."Every year, I am told that drugs are smuggled to Annapolis during our various boat shows," Mr. Snowden wrote in a June 15 letter to Police Chief Harold Robbins.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 23, 2000
LONDON - The 58 Chinese immigrants found suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck in Dover last month have exposed a horrifyingly truth: Men, women and children are dying to get into Europe. While the Dover tragedy was extreme, it was hardly isolated. More than 2,000 people have died crossing the seas and borders of Western Europe in the past seven years, and the mortal tide continues with regularity. They drown in the Adriatic Sea on the way to Italy or in the Strait of Gibraltar headed for Spain.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 26, 1999
MIAMI -- The smugglers moved with ease through Miami International Airport and made their way onto American Airlines planes parked at the gates, stashing heroin in coffee containers in the planes' galleys and hiding cocaine and marijuana in suitcases in the baggage holds, a federal indictment filed yesterday charged.Once, they agreed to stash three hand grenades in carry-on baggage.As they went about their illegal business, in plain sight of passengers and airport security officers, federal investigators said, the smugglers did not worry about being caught by the airline.
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