A 54-year-old father and his 30-year-old son, who were the alleged kingpins of a drug and burglary ring, have pleaded guilty to federal burglary and drug charges, including conspiring to distribute oxycodone and commit bank burglary. The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that the men are just two of 10 alleged conspirators who have reportedly pleaded guilty in the case and that there are another six individuals remaining in the case with charges pending.
Authorities state that the father operated an auto body shop on Desoto Road that the son frequented to allegedly set up drug deals. They estimate that the father and son, along with the rest of the co-conspirators, brokered $2 million in drug sales and took in approximately $1 million from the burglaries that were committed.
According to court documents, the father and son, who were allegedly responsible for many of the thefts, would even go so far as to cut the electricity and telephone lines or use blow torches to gain entrance to the buildings that they burglarized. It was noted that in one instance, the pair reportedly used a forklift to remove a safe from an office at a salvage yard. Upon opening it, the duo was able to steal the $48,000 that was inside.
As part of their plea agreement, the father has reportedly agreed to forfeit $500,000, the interest in his body shop, his car, his home and several firearms. The son, meanwhile, has agreed to forfeit $250,000, his collection of both firearms and ammunition and the interest in his house.
Both face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for drug conspiracy. They also each face five years in prison for their role in a bank larceny conspiracy.
Burglary and drug charges can have serious consequences that could result in a lengthy prison sentences and steep fines. An experienced Maryland attorney will work diligently to protect the rights of his or her clients, while building the strongest defense possible against the charges.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Father, son plead guilty to drug, burglary charges" Jean Marbella, Feb. 07, 2014