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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | February 3, 1991
Howard County State's Attorney William R. Hymes has a sporty new car, and undercover narcotics detectives aren't too happy about it.The car, a maroon 1989 Nissan Maxima with a "blue book" value of $21,000, was seized by police from a drug dealer last June. Detectives typically use such cars for their undercover operations or auction them off to fund other investigations.But how and why the Maxima got into the hands of Hymes has gearedup a lot more than just car trouble."We're dying for cars, and he comes along and takes this one for his own personal use," said E. Lawrence Knutson, the head of the county narcotics unit.
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April 21, 1994
A county administrative hearing officer has granted Nextel Communications' request for a zoning variance and special exception to build a 102.5-foot cellular communications tower south of Andover Road in Linthicum.Columbia-based Nextel plans to lease 1.33 acres from BWI Partnership to build the tower and a small, unstaffed equipment building. A variance is required because zoning laws prohibit accessory structures higher than 25 feet.In the past few weeks, residents have expressed their opposition to the tower at several neighborhood association meetings.
NEWS
March 11, 1993
Some of the charges of corrupt or mismanaged narcotics enforcement in Baltimore rest on evidence that can be proved or disproved by a competent investigator armed with subpoena powers and access to the secret portion of the grand jury report that made the accusations. Were search warrants or evidence suppressed because they were directed against well-connected people? Was a federal grant to fight the crack cocaine epidemic misused for routine overtime pay? Were black officers transferred from the central drug squad when this largess became available?
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | November 18, 1993
A county police officer was acquited yesterday on charges of having sex with a confidential informant, but a police hearing board found him guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the department.The three-member board also found Sgt. Bret K. Ballam, 35, guilty of having alcohol in a department car. Sergeant Ballam, who attended the hearing with his fiancee and several supporters, would not comment on the decision.The board is scheduled to recommend a punishment to Police Chief Robert Russell today.
NEWS
June 21, 1994
Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed an Exxon station in the first block of Defense Highway of an undisclosed amount of cash Saturday morning, county police said.The men drove to the station in a maroon Dodge at 1:45 a.m., police said. They robbed the attendant and then fled in the vehicle, police said.The attendant gave police a description of one of the men. The man was described a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing about 210 pounds. He had braided hair, a silver tooth and a stocking on his head.
NEWS
July 26, 1994
A Glen Burnie man was hit in the face and robbed yesterday morning at a gas station on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Eighth Avenue, police said.Marvin Siakler, 24, of Oakwood Road told police he went to the station around 1:30 a.m. As he tried to open the door to his gas tank, he felt a hand reach into his pocket and take his money. When he turned around, he was hit in the face.Mr. Siakler said he saw two men enter a dark-green Mustang driven by another man and they fled in the car, police said.
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By John Rivera | September 19, 1991
An anonymous phone tip to a police drug hot line yesterday led city narcotics detectives to a Northeast Baltimore hotel, where they seized 2 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $1 million and arrested three New York residents.The police received a call to the 685-DRUG number at 8:30 a.m. yesterday reporting that three people were selling drugs out of a hotel room, said Capt. Michael J. Andrew, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division narcotics unit.An hour later, narcotics detectives knocked at the hotel room door and were admitted, even though they did not have a search warrant.
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By From Staff Reports | October 6, 1992
Because of erroneous information from police, an article in The Sun yesterday incorrectly reported that a drug raid took place at an auto repair shop at Malvern and Holabird avenues in Southeast Baltimore. In fact, the raid occurred at Anvil Auto, in the 6300 block of Holabird Ave.The Sun regrets the errors.A city firefighter was one of three men arrested yesterday after police seized $250,000 in cocaine as part of an investigation into a ring that shipped drugs into Baltimore from New York City.
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By Roy Gutman and Knut Royce and Roy Gutman and Knut Royce,Newsday | July 15, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government derailed the career of Thailand's prime minister-designate in 1992, publicly accusing him of heroin trafficking. His subsequent withdrawal set off a series of events, culminating in a military coup and popular uprising in which at least 40 people died.But, sources say, U.S. intelligence agencies now believe that the announcement was based on false information.Last year, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that its agent -- a close relative of a top official of a rival political party -- had fabricated his information on Thai businessman-politician Narong Wongwan, designated prime minister after Thailand's 1992 elections.
NEWS
March 8, 1991
A metropolitan police task force targeting violent drug traffickers has been formed by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in hopes of reducing the violence associated with the narcotics trade.The task force is a response to gunplay that has sent the homicide rate in Baltimore and other cities soaring and left people running for cover as drug rings battle over turf -- as in the case of the midafternoon spray of bullets at North and Pulaski streets Feb. 20 that left two reputed drug dealers dead and two apparent bystanders wounded.
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