For business owners in certain industries, such as the nightclub industry, keeping close tabs on business affairs is necessary. In some cases, those business affairs might be monitored even more closely by law enforcement officers than they are by the business owner. For one former Baltimore club owner, being involved in the local drug trade has landed him a prison sentence.
Failing to follow traffic laws, such as wearing a seat belt, can sometimes lead to a traffic stop. In most cases, being pulled over for having an unbuckled passenger is a quick traffic stop. For one 27-year-old man, a Maryland State Police trooper seeing an unbuckled passenger in a vehicle led to much more than.
Staying away from the eyes of the police is necessary in some cases. If you are partaking in activities related to drug sales, staying away from situations that might lead to law enforcement officers suspecting your activities is usually a good idea. For two Maryland men, a simple traffic stop led to drug charges.
Three Maryland residents were charged with a variety of drug and weapons-related offenses after law enforcement agencies worked together in a search and seizure in late December that reportedly netted $9,000 in cash, firearms and $50,000 worth of drugs. The Washington County Narcotics Task Force reported that the material seized included suspected heroin weighing about 188 grams as well as suspected meth weighing about 95 grams. The three individuals taken into custody included a 22-year-old woman and two men, 26 and 28. One of the men was held without bond; the other man and the woman were held on a bond of $50,000.
A 28-year-old Maryland man received an 11-year federal prison sentence for marijuana crimes and money laundering charges. His attorney said that the sentence was much lower than the 13-year sentence that the government wanted. However, she still thinks the sentence is too long. The drug charges involved the distribution of 700 to 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
A woman on the faculty at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Maryland was suspended because she allegedly helped her roommate sell popular prescription pain medications over the Internet. The school is working with the authorities as they investigated the involvement of the woman, who is in her second year in a woman's health practice. She confessed that she and her roommate boxed the pills to make them look like candy before they mailed the drugs.
Five foreign nationals arrested in Thailand in September were brought to Maryland's neighboring state of New York for trial. The five men in custody are all directly linked to an attempt to smuggle 100 kilograms of high-quality North Korean-made methamphetamine into the U.S.
Two people involved with Silk Road, an online marketplace known for selling drugs and other illegal items, pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to criminal drug conspiracy charges. A federal prosecutor for the District of Maryland announced the guilty plea recently and condemned individuals skirting the law anonymously through the Internet.
Maryland State Police say that during a traffic stop that took place shortly before midnight on Sept. 25, they discovered cannabis in a car driven by an 18-year-old motorist. The police claim that their reason for stopping the teenager was that he was driving erratically.
Four Harford residents were taken into custody after a drug sweep that netted more than 1,400 grams of cocaine. The area's drug task force succeeded in conducting a wiretap operation that culminated in the seizure of more than one kilogram of cocaine and the arrest of a 37-year-old Havre de Grace man who is being charged as the drug kingpin. The man had been the original focus of the investigation, which had been executed through several search warrants. The search uncovered 823 grams of cocaine as well as six firearms.