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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 20, 2010
Nine people were indicted this week on federal charges that they smuggled millions of dollars' worth of counterfeit goods - including fake Nike sneakers, Coach handbags and even Viagra - into the country through the port of Baltimore. A sister investigation in London led to six arrests and the seizure of 50,000 phony items, the largest bust of its kind in England. "This was not a mom-and-pop organization; this was organized crime on a grand scale," John Morton, assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Friday during a news conference to announce the indictment.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A Towson attorney was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in jail for smuggling drugs into the Baltimore County jail. "I am ashamed and saddened I stand before you in this capacity," Jill Swerdlin told Circuit Judge Timothy J. Martin before the she was sentenced. Swerdlin, 47, a defense attorney who has represented suspected dealers, pleaded guilty to drug charges in June. She admitted she had smuggled Suboxone — a drug used to treat addiction to opiates — into the Baltimore County Detention Center to clients during visits.
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By Edmund Sanders and Tribune Newspapers | February 1, 2010
A Hamas military commander slain in a Dubai hotel room played a key role in smuggling anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons into the Gaza Strip, Israeli and Hamas officials said Sunday. But they disagreed on whether Mahmoud Mabhuh's death would deliver a blow to Palestinian armed groups in the seaside enclave or inspire them to redouble their arms campaign. "This guy was a middleman for smuggling weapons from Iran, not only to Gaza but to Hezbollah" in Lebanon, said an Israeli military official speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issues involved.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Towson-based defense attorney Jill Swerdlin pleaded guilty Friday to drug-related charges, prosecutors said. Swerdlin, who represented accused drug dealers, admitted to smuggling Suboxone strips into the Baltimore County Detention Center during visits with clients, according to a statement from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office. She also received Oxycodone as payment for legal services and arranged by other means to purchase the drug, the statement said. Swerdlin, 47, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association since 1991, agreed to consent to disbarment as part of the plea agreement.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
A National Guardsman who was charged in the Baltimore jail smuggling case while deployed to Afghanistan was arrested Tuesday in Waco, Texas, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Derrick Jones, 41, a K-9 officer, was charged in the sprawling case last month, accused of smuggling phones and other contraband for Black Guerrilla Family gang members incarcerated at the Baltimore City Detention Center. But before the charges were filed Jones had shipped to Afghanistan with his Maryland National Guard unit.
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By MATTHEW DOLAN | June 27, 2006
A 39-year-old Hyattsville man admitted in federal court in Greenbelt yesterday that he was part of a drug-smuggling scheme to sneak cocaine into the country from Guatemala by storing the drugs in car batteries. On the eve of his trial, George E. Smith pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and to being a felon in possession of ammunition. In court documents, Smith acknowledged that from 2001 through early 2004 he was part of the drug-smuggling group. He could face a maximum sentence of life in prison when he returns to court Sept.
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By Clara Germani and Will Englund and Clara Germani and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 24, 1995
Because of an editing error, an article in yesterday's editions reporting that former Russian Gen. Anatoly Kuntsevich was under investigation for selling chemical weapons to a Middle East country incorrectly stated that he has been barred from running for a seat in Parliament. He is still a candidate and actually might have immunity from prosecution if elected.MOSCOW -- President Boris N. Yeltsin's former top chemical weapons disarmament official is under investigation for masterminding the smuggling of chemical weapons components to the Middle East, apparently to Syria.
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By MATTHEW DOLAN and MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER | November 29, 2005
Prosecutors in federal court decided to drop all charges yesterday against an Israeli man who had wanted to plead guilty to smuggling $1.5 million in fake U.S. currency into Maryland. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Michael Wolff asked U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis to dismiss the indictment against Hazki Hen, 65, because he is severely ill and wants to return to Israel to die. Davis agreed with the attorneys that Hen was not well enough to enter a guilty plea, and his condition made a return to an American courtroom unlikely.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2004
The college student from Maryland who tried to draw attention to flaws in airport security by smuggling box cutters, strike-anywhere matches, bleach and other banned items onto Southwest Airlines planes last year was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to two years of supervised probation. Nathaniel T. Heatwole, 21, apologized again to the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI, the agencies that investigated his case, but repeated that his intent was to help authorities improve air travel safety.
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June 20, 2000
THE ATROCITY of 58 asylum seekers suffocated in a truckload of tomatoes at the port of Dover, England, could happen here. It mixed globalization with despair. X-rays have found smuggled humans in containers aboard ships at U.S. ports and on the road from Mexico. Last December, when the Coast Guard seized a tramp steamer with 249 Chinese migrants packed in the hold, the smugglers tried to sink the ship. Cuban and Haitian boat people are dying at sea. Desperate Chinese migrants pay up to $30,000 each, and many are enslaved in sweatshops to pay the debt.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Officials with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's administration say they won't immediately seek to recoup a $300,000 taxpayer-funded loan granted to a Pikesville family business that was raided this week in a federal cigarette-smuggling case. Health-Way Pharmacy was allegedly used to aid a black-market cigarette trade and the illegal sale of foreign drugs, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. Its owners received the loan in 2010 from a county fund meant to revitalize downtown Pikesville.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
A National Guardsman who was charged in the Baltimore jail smuggling case while deployed to Afghanistan was arrested Tuesday in Waco, Texas, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Derrick Jones, 41, a K-9 officer, was charged in the sprawling case last month, accused of smuggling phones and other contraband for Black Guerrilla Family gang members incarcerated at the Baltimore City Detention Center. But before the charges were filed Jones had shipped to Afghanistan with his Maryland National Guard unit.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
As FBI agents investigating the Black Guerrilla Family gang closed in on a new round of suspects in the Baltimore jail corruption case this fall, one of their targets packed his bags and left the country. Derrick Jones, a corrections department K-9 officer, was shipping out to Afghanistan with the Maryland National Guard. Now authorities are faced with the unusual challenge of how to get him back to Baltimore for trial. One of 14 corrections officers named in charges unsealed last month, Jones stands out because of his long military record as well as his seniority at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Baltimore CitiWatch surveillance cameras helped thwart a jail smuggling attempt on Sunday, state corrections officials reported. Early Sunday, state correctional workers monitoring the city's crime cameras posted around the Baltimore City Detention Center downtown watched a trio try to pass a package into the jail using a rope corrections officials said a detainee had sent down outside the institution's walls. Baltimore police swooped in and arrested Perry Davenport, 53, and Sierra Johnson, 28, and charged each with nine criminal counts including possession and attempt to deliver a controlled dangerous substance and conspiracy to deliver a telecommunication device to an inmate.
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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 Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
A Baltimore jail corrections officer who had a sexual relationship with two incarcerated gang members pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a major smuggling network at the facility. Kimberly Dennis, 26, is the seventh officer to plead guilty in the case, in which federal authorities alleged that the Black Guerrilla Family gang ran a sophisticated operation smuggling drugs, tobacco and cell phones in the Baltimore City Detention Center. Dennis had sexual relationships with alleged gang member Derius Duncan and another inmate who has not been charged in the case.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 7, 1999
MIAMI -- In perhaps the worst immigrant-smuggling disaster at sea off South Florida, at least four people are dead and up to 36 are missing after two boats carrying Haitians sank halfway between Palm Beach County and the Bahamas.The U.S. Coast Guard managed to rescue three Haitian men from the choppy seas 30 miles east of Palm Beach. They continued to search for survivors as far north as Cape Canaveral last night but had found no one since 8 a.m.Only two of the dead were recovered by the Coast Guard cutter Matagorda.
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By Kevin Rector, Jessica Anderson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
A longtime Towson-based defense attorney who represents accused drug dealers is being investigated for allegedly smuggling prescription pills to her clients inside the Baltimore County jail, police said. Elise Armacost, a county police spokeswoman, said attorney Jill Swerdlin had been on the "radar screen" of police since early 2012 as someone who may have been involved in the distribution of prescription drugs. Then, earlier this year, police got another tip that a defense attorney was smuggling drugs into the jail, Armacost said, which led them to Swerdlin.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
A woman who supplied Black Guerrilla Family gang members with drugs to sell at the Baltimore jail pleaded guilty Wednesday to a conspiracy charge in federal court. Tyesha Mayo, 30, obtained marijuana and prescription pills and handed them off to corrupt corrections officers, who smuggled them past the walls of the Baltimore City Detention Center and into the hands of gang leader Tavon White, according to facts supporting her plea presented in court. In return, White paid Mayo using electronic transfers and cash, according to the statement.
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