Stash Found at Home of City Cop Charged With Lying and Embezzlement
Mark J. Lunsford, the Baltimore City cop assigned as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task-force officer who was accused in federal court Sept. 22 of lying and embezzlement (The News Hole, Sept. 24), looks like he’s going to have some explaining to do. Yesterday, the search warrants in the case were returned, itemizing what was seized from his home, DEA work space, and car. The haul from his Sykesville home, at 1246 Canterbury Drive, was most impressive. Among other things, investigators took: a money-counting machine, $46,600 in cash, 29 pieces of expensive jewelry and watches (including two Bentleys, a Gucci, two Philip Steins, a Movado, and a Citizen), a “zipped plastic bag containing green leafy substance” and rolling papers, a “Ziploc bag containing needles and vials of liquid,” a “bottle labeled Clomiphene Citrate” (a female fertility drug often used by male anabolic steroid users), a “box of AndroGel (testosterone gel) packets,” a digital scale, dozens of Playstation games, “one envelope containing 11 bullets,” numerous financial documents, and a “box of property taken from Darrell Francis.” A man named Darrell Cornelius Francis was convicted in April 2008 in U.S. District Court in Maryland for his part in a cocaine conspiracy, and he was sentenced to 19 months in prison, though it could not be immediately determined whether Lunsford worked on that case.