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Drug gang arrests -- Part One

The Baltimore police have been very busy. Through the use of wire taps, undercover police officers, surveillance and other traditional police methods, they have been attempting to stem the tide of drug activity churning within Baltimore and nearby communities. In actions that are perhaps related, there have been two groups of arrests recently that are related to drugs and gang activity.

The first group of drug-related arrests is a mother and son arrested for heading up a small drug gang in East Baltimore Street's strip club district. The mother has pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug distribution charges. The 42-year-old woman has not yet been sentenced and has pleaded innocent of additional charges that were filed against her.

The additional charges against her are related to the shooting death of a 25-year-old woman in 2010. According to news sources, the 25-year-old woman was one of the local dancers who was an intermediary between the mother and son, and others who wanted to buy drugs.

The 42-year-old woman reportedly suspected that the 25-year-old was an informant and asked her son to use influence on the dancer. The idea that the woman was an informant was neither confirmed nor denied by the police. She had some drugs from the mother and son "on credit" when she was killed.

After the 25-year-old was killed, the mother was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, even though the prosecution has admitted in court that they don't think the mother had anything to do with the killing. She is facing 15 years in prison.

The woman's son and two other men have been charged with racketeering, drug dealing and murder conspiracy charges.

When a major drug busting effort is underway, it is possible that innocent people get swept up in the arrests, or that people are charged with actions committed by other people. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make the difference between prison and freedom.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Head of alleged mother-son drug gang pleads guilty," Ian Duncan, Oct. 3, 2012

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