Baltimore drug roundup results in charges against 24
Increasing crime has been an increasing problem in Baltimore of late and the police apparently intend to do something about it. A net was cast wide by the police, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Whether or not the net snagged innocent people remains to be seen.
It was reported that 24 individuals are facing drug charges and other criminal charges. To date 10 have been arrested and most of those have been released after paying bond. The charges were all described as drug-related.
Local police and the ATF have been working with undercover cops for a while as those undercover made drug purchases. One can assume that since the investigation has taken months that the prosecution must feel good about the amount of evidence that has been amassed.
Although the crime is unrelated, the recent drug arrests come after a surge in crime in the Franklin Square and Penrose neighborhoods. The crime spree includes a fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man at a barber shop in addition to 10 other shootings. The police described those charged in the drug roundup as “bad guys” whose elimination from the Baltimore streets should improve the safety of area neighborhoods.
A few individuals are being held without bond.
- A 27-year-old woman who had additional drug charges pending and one prior conviction
- A 32-year-old man with a previous 15-year sentence for drugs, five years of which was suspended
Whether the individuals are “bad guys” or not, each of them must be proven guilty of the specific charges beyond any reasonable doubt and until then he or she is presumed innocent.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Police, ATF charge 24 in W. Baltimore drug investigation,” Justin Fenron, Nov. 16, 2012
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