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Feds sue to keep $61,000 in cash seized from home of former deputy mayor and state delegate Salima Siler Marriott

May 17, 2013

Salima official photoJust before Christmas 2007, Baltimore deputy mayor for community and economic development Salima Siler Marriott (D), a former long-time state delegate, had to deal with the news that her son, Patrice Marriott, then 40 years old, had been indicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm. It was no doubt embarrassing, but it wasn’t the first time – as the charge indicated. Her son had a long record of felony drug arrests, including in other states, and while many of the charges had been dropped over the years, sometimes they stuck.

Now Salima Marriott is out of public office, but her son is still causing her problems – including a police raid last November on her Park Heights house on Homer Ave., where Patrice Marriott also lived.

Weeks earlier, according to court records, Patrice Marriott had been stopped by police while driving a car in the 2200 block of North Eutaw St., and the cops had found him in possession of about 160 grams of cocaine and nearly $1,800 in cash. He was arrested, but the investigation continued – including the execution of a search warrant on the Marriott home on Nov. 21.

The raid team recovered $61,294 from the home, and on May 14, federal prosecutors filed a forfeiture case seeking to keep the money as illegal drug proceeds.

In the criminal case against Patrice Marriott, in February Salima Marriott posted the Homer Ave. home as property bond for his $24,000 bail, court records indicate, and earlier this month he pleaded guilty to single count of drug possession and received a four-year suspended prison sentence and two years of probation.

Based on the court records, it looks like Salima Marriott’s had enough of allowing her 45-year-old son live in her basement. On May 13, she filed an eviction case against him in district court.

The last time City Paper had occasion to write about Salima Marriott, who established a well-earned reputation as a promoter of ex-felons’ rights when she was a legislator in Annapolis, was when she was still at City Hall. She denied ever having heard of Milton Tillman, Jr., one of Baltimore’s most famous felons who had donated money to her political campaign committee, as well as to those of many other state and local politicians.