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March 2013 Archives

Woman faces several drug charges after attempting to elude police

A police chase on March 12 ended in the arrest of a 22-year-old woman on drug charges by Maryland police officers. Unfortunately for the woman, the drug charges aren't the only ones that she faces in relation to the incident. The incident began around 8:30 p.m., when police stated that they attempted to pull over the woman's vehicle for having a suspended registration. It was reported by police that the accused refused to stop and instead led the police on a chase through the streets of Laurel. Reports state that the woman eventually brought the vehicular chase to a close when she exited her vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Police were able to apprehend her shortly thereafter.

Man faces drug charges three times in three months

A man from Crofton is currently in jail and being held without bond after he was arrested on drug charges; this was his third drug-related arrest in three months. The current drug charges stem from items found while officers were executing a search and seizure warrant. The warrant was obtained after repeated complaints of possible drug deals occurring at the man's home. During the search, officers allegedly found 35.6 grams of marijuana with a street value of more than $700. Officers also found 1.4 grams of heroin, worth $170 and $520 in cash. The man was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Juror disagreement ends landmark case in mistrial

A March 4 mistrial in a case against a 53-year-old business man means the defendant could face yet a fourth trial on charges of trafficking cocaine from D.C. to Mexico. Jurors could not decide on his guilt on the drug charges. The man's case previously went before the Supreme Court in 2012 when the high court reversed a guilty verdict and the accompanying penalties due to the illegal placement of a Global Positioning System on his vehicle to locate him. A previous trial also ended in a hung jury. The defendant represented himself in federal court despite his lack of legal experience. The 11 women and one man deliberated for more than seven days but could not agree on one of the charges. Two of them said they questioned the alleged connection between the defendant and the drug house containing 97 kilograms of cocaine. 

State moves one step closer to abolishing death penalty

The Maryland Senate finished several days of emotionally charged discussions, which included graphic explanations of especially violent crimes, and agreed to end capital punishment on March 6 by a vote of 27 to 20. The topic now moves to the House where the measure is expected to pass. The state has not held an execution since 2005 although five inmates remain on death row. The governor of Maryland agrees with abolishing execution. He does not believe the practice works and wants to focus on more effective methods of fighting crime. A spokeswoman for a group that wants the death penalty banned nationally believes that the country is moving toward abolishing execution and thinks that other states will follow Maryland's example. She added that voters no longer decide who to vote for based on their stance on the death penalty. 

Suspect with criminal record charged with robbery

A 51-year-old suspect with a lengthy criminal history was taken into custody in Baltimore recently after he was accused of robbing victims of cash. He faces several charges, including assault and robbery of two workers at a local medical facility and other crimes. He was held with no bail. Law enforcement personnel are still looking over security camera footage as the crime may be connected to another robbery. The suspect's wife insisted he has been set up by law enforcement personnel as she claims that he was at a court-ordered substance abuse program when the crimes at the hospital occurred. She believes he is being accused for the crime because of his criminal background. Personnel at the drug treatment program were unavailable to confirm or deny his presence at the time of the crimes. 

Perryville pair arrested after drugs found in vehicle

A routine traffic stop in Perryville on March 2 led to the arrest of a couple after police found them in possession of a variety of drugs in their vehicle. Law enforcement personnel took a 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman into custody. The pair face drug charges for possession of controlled dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute. After the officer allegedly established probable cause, his search yielded 80 baggies or almost 26 grams of a substance believed to be heroin, one bag of nearly 8 grams of cocaine and a baggie of marijuana that weighed about 5 grams. The man faces at least five criminal counts, including possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He is being held on $50,000 bail. The woman faces three counts including possession of a controlled dangerous substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on $35,000 bail. 

Maryland man arrested in other state after police photograph him

When police talk with a person, it is important that the person understands their rights. Sometimes police approach people that they think look suspicious, or who just might be in a place with a high crime rate. When a person is arrested they should understand their rights and might be wise to speak with an experienced attorney before speaking with police.

Man arrested on drug charges after allegedly texting wrong person

A man in another state was placed under arrest Wednesday after police say he tried to sell drugs to a teenager, who he thought was another person. According to a story by the Associated Press, the man was arrested because police say he texted a thirteen-year-old boy asking him if he wanted to buy ecstasy. The boy then reportedly showed the text message to a school police officer, who set up a meeting between the man and an undercover officer.

19-year-old fast-food employee arrested, charged with larceny

Many teens and young adults in Maryland know the frustrations of working a low-wage job. Whether they're saving for college tuition, a car or just the basic costs of living, it can seem to take forever to make enough money to satisfy their needs, especially if they haven't earned a post-high-school degree.

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