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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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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.
NEWS
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
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.
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
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.
NEWS
March 19, 1995
HARFORD COUNTY* Armed robbery: Aberdeen -- Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Wesley Anthony Bond, 28, of no fixed address in Aberdeen. Investigators believe he robbed a NationsBank branch at Beards Hill Plaza in the 900 block of Beards Hill Road about 2 p.m. Monday. He is also wanted in the robbery of the NationsBank branch at West Bel Air Avenue and Rogers Street on Wednesday.* Arrest: Aberdeen -- Narcotics detectives arrested Michael Sawyer, 23, of the 100 block of Hanover St. on drug distribution charges after raiding his apartment Wednesday.
NEWS
December 30, 1991
County narcotics police seized $4,600 cash from a Linthicum hotel room Saturday morning and have targeted four suspects in a drug investigation.Officers from the narcotics unit and the special operations squad searched the hotel room at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. They found the cash, and a dog detected the odor of illegal drugs on the money, police said.No arrests have been made, but police say they are continuing their investigation of four suspects. Police have not released the namesof the suspects or of the hotel.
NEWS
By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | March 18, 1994
Two masked men, one armed with a small-caliber handgun, escaped with an undisclosed amount of narcotics and cash after robbing the Washington Heights Pharmacy about 10 a.m. yesterday.Westminster police said the men, both wearing ski masks, entered the pharmacy in the 100 block of Airport Drive, next to the Gateway Medical Center in the Westminster Air Business Park, and announced a holdup.There were no customers in the store at the time, police said.The robbers took the employees behind a counter and tied their ankles and wrists with duct tape, then went to a narcotics shelf and took drugs, and stole cash from the registers before they fled.
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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