Many people think of drugs as a minor problem, but the truth is that they can lead to more serious crimes, such as murder. Unfortunately, many people have been killed over drugs. This was the case in Maryland several years ago when drug trafficking led to a man’s death.
A 29-year-old man from Baltimore was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering a man in a drug turf war in 2017. Once he gets out of prison, he also faces five years of supervised release.
The man pled guilty to possession and discharge of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He was a member of a drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine in Baltimore, near Abington Avenue. In July 2017, the Abington Avenue drug trafficking organization became involved in a drug turf war with a rival gang over who could sell drugs at a gas station. On July 14, 2017, someone from the rival gang shot and killed a member of the Abington Avenue drug trafficking organization.
The man had shot the member of the Abington Avenue drug trafficking organization with a .40-caliber handgun at close range. The man also tried to kill another member of the Abington Avenue drug trafficking organization, firing multiple shots at him while chasing him around town. Another person from the rival gang tried to kill a third victim. He shot him multiple times with a 9mm handgun and caused life-threatening injuries.
In November 2018, an informant met with the man and recorded the conversation. At that time, the man confessed that he had killed the member of the Abington Avenue drug trafficking organization. He also described the murder in detail and his description matched the surveillance footage found of the murder.
The informant then told the man about a potential robbery of a drug stash house. The man agreed to carry out the robbery, although the robbery opportunity and drug stash house were made up.
On March 7, 2019, the man and three co-conspirators met with an undercover police officer to commit the robbery. All four were arrested. The man and his vehicle were searched by a police officer. They recovered a loaded .357 revolver, 11 vials of suspected cocaine, gloves and gloves. The man admitted to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and heroin in Baltimore from July 2017 through March 2019.
Gun crimes are common in Baltimore, and many are drug-related. Turf war gang violence is a serious issue in the state. There is no parole for these violent crimes, so lawmakers are hoping that Maryland residents will get the message that law enforcement officials will not tolerate drugs, guns and violence.
Drugs can lead to more serious crimes, such as murder. Turf wars and competition can result in animosity among gangs.
If you have been arrested for drug possession, trafficking or similar charges, seek legal help from the Columbia drug trafficking lawyers at The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We will work hard to provide you with a strong defense. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987. We have two offices to serve you.
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