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British Cocaine Conspirator Gets Four Years

June 22, 2011
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British Cocaine Conspirator Gets Four Years

Sarfraz Patel, a British national who allegedly remortgaged his home to raise money for an unlikely drug deal arranged by undercover police in Baltimore, was sentenced to 48 months in prison on June 22 after a 45-minute bench conference before Federal District Court Judge William D. Quarles. Bench conferences are held in open court,...
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Defendant in Historic 41-Kilo Coke Bust Gets 20 Years in Jail

October 2, 2009
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Trenell Murphy, who pleaded guilty in July to having 41 kilograms of cocaine that he intended to distribute, today received his sentence from U.S. District Court judge Benson Legg: 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore. When Murphy was first arrested in...
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“I’m going to make it very hard on the police around here.”

August 26, 2009
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Props to the Sun’s Justin Fenton for keeping his ear to the ground regarding the Blackwell clan’s ongoing drama. As he reports today, police arrested Stephen “JR” Blackwell, Jr. and charged him with disorderly conduct on Monday night. This is what the old heads used to call a “humble.” You don’t usually see these...
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Do the Rewrite Thing

August 20, 2009
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I’m a horrible blogger. Horrible. And as a current journalist who, perhaps foolishly, harbors hopes and dreams of continuing to be a journalist in the future, I realize I’m not only way behind the blogging (and Twittering) curve, I’m also not properly embracing and/or wrapping my head around coming up with good right-now news...
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Jayne Miller Says There Is a Cocaine Drought

March 19, 2009
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WBAL-TV’s excellent Jayne Miller had an interesting take on Baltimore’s Shadow Economy Wednesday night, telling viewers that Baltimore’s substantial cocaine trade has lately seen a drought because of strife and drug cartel rivalries in Mexico and better-focused efforts by law enforcement here in Baltimore. Stepping off from last month’s 41-kilo seizure, Miller lets Baltimore...
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Jose Morales Busted in Texas Trying to Charter Jet to Bring Cocaine to Baltimore

August 19, 2008
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Serial criminal Jose Joaquin Morales was supposed to be in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday, answering to charges that he wrote a bad check for nearly $4,000 in construction materials from a Jessup supply store last fall. Instead, Morales was facing much more serious charges in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of...
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