Three men were convicted in a complex criminal case in Baltmore, on Nov. 15. The leader of the group, 45, was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a number of attempted-murder charges. His brother, 36, was found guilty of conspiracy and attempted murder, while his nephew, 22, was found guilty of conspiracy. His 31-year-old wife and three others pleaded guilty in an earlier case.
Police say they found five of the seven dirt bikes that were allegedly stolen from a Maryland business. Officers uncovered the theft from a motorcycle shop shortly after the robbery happened when they noticed two people pushing an off-road motorcycle. Authorities took four males into custody on various charges of robbery and theft. The defendants include two men ages 18 and 19 respectively and two juveniles.
According to the Baltimore County police, a Hyundai Sonata was traveling north on York Road when he crossed the center line into oncoming traffic on Nov. 7. He struck a vehicle carrying an elderly couple before crossing back into the path of a Dodge Dart in the northbound lanes.
Synthetic marijuana use continues to increase in Maryland and throughout the United States. Synthetic marijuana has become so popular that the National Institute on Drug Abuse said it is the second-most common illegal drug used by high school seniors.
In 2010, a man from Elkton was taken into custody on suspicion of distribution of oxycodone pills. Police claim to have discovered more than $9,000 in cash, numerous cellphones, a number of pills and multiple firearms at the time. On Nov. 7, 2013, the man was sentenced to an eight-year federal prison term for conspiracy to distribute the prescription drug illegally.
It's a scene not unlike those encountered in nearby Maryland. A particular house in Pasadena constantly smells like marijuana and plays host to a regular stream of cars slowing down, doing some business and then speeding away. Finally, neighbor complaints lead to a tactical narcotics enforcement team raiding the house and allegedly discovering the cause of both of these issues: 158 pot plants and other marijuana in bulk. A representative for the Anne Arundel County police department said that a search warrant was executed and that police seized plants and loose marijuana worth about $127,000.
Three individuals are facing drug charges after police were called to a hotel on Oct. 30. When police arrived, they allegedly noticed the odor of marijuana in a hallway while standing directly outside one of the rooms. An officer placed himself next to the door when two people walked out of the room unexpectedly. Police say that a third individual in the room quickly went into the bathroom and allegedly began flushing evidence down the toilet.
Deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office responded, on Oct. 23, to a report of burglary and theft of more than $9,000 worth of weapons. When officers arrived, they learned that unknown individuals had entered the address and gained access to a gun safe. The individuals had allegedly removed $1,650 in cash and 19 different firearms.
A federal judge in Maryland cited changing public attitudes on marijuana when he recently gave two marijuana traffickers sentences that were much shorter that what prosecutors requested. He said that sentencing guidelines that treat convictions for marijuana like those for cocaine and heroin are outdated.