A 31-year-old Randallstown man who worked as a Baltimore City schools police officer has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on July 7 to drug conspiracy charges. Charges against the man include drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.
The charges against the man stemmed from an investigation that occurred between December 2012 and August 2013. According to court documents, during this period of time the man allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover informant who reportedly was assisting investigators. Records state that the man allegedly admitted that he had bought multiple ounces of cocaine from drug suppliers, then sold 150 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $9,800 to the undercover informant.
Although the plea agreement was first drawn up in April, it did not become public knowledge until Monday, when officials from the school district confirmed that the man, who had worked with the city school since 2009, had resigned. Sentencing is scheduled for October 15. While the maximum sentence in this case is 40 years, he is expected to face a mandatory minimum of at least five years in prison.
Drug charges such as drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine can carry stiff penalties, including a lengthy jail sentence for defendants, if they are convicted. An experienced Maryland criminal attorney may be able to assist a defendant who is charged with these types of crimes and could potentially work to help support a defense that could reduce charges and limit jail time.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "City schools officer pleads guilty to federal drug-dealing charge" Justin Fenton, Erica L Green, Justin George, Jul. 07, 2014