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The desperate hustle as a way of life

April 23, 2014
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The desperate hustle as a way of life

Here is the future: nobody gets any job security. Nobody gets a fair wage while they have a job. Nobody gets a retirement fund or even any guarantee they’ll be able to eat tomorrow. And almost everyone is doing everything they can just to get by—and paying some substantial portion of their earnings to...
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Jose Morales gets life in prison

December 9, 2013
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Jose Morales gets life in prison

This morning, five years after City Paper introduced Jose J. Morales to Baltimore’s broader public,  he was sentenced to life in prison in Federal District Court in Greenbelt for arranging the murder of Robert Long. Long’s mother, Grace Bouvier, attended the hearing, according to this account by the Sun’s Ian Duncan. There was apparently...
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Steven J.R. Blackwell Sentenced to 20 Years

January 20, 2012
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Steven J.R. Blackwell Sentenced to 20 Years

Steven J.R. Blackwell, a discreet and up and coming young drug kingpin before a 2008 kidnapping of two of his younger brothers brought him to public attention, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, followed by five year’s of supervised release, for his part in a 6-year conspiracy to distribute heroin. “Local, state...
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Youth Today Gets the COIL Angle of the BGF Case

May 3, 2010
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The recent heroin-trafficking indictment of alleged members of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang in Baltimore got some serious drill-down treatment May 1 by monthly trade publication Youth Today, which is published in Washington, D.C. by the American Youth Work Center. Youth Today’s target audience is people working with children and youth, and...
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BGF Raids Turn Up Evidence of Prison Gang’s Drug-Dealing, But Also Its Ideology

April 22, 2010
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BGF Raids Turn Up Evidence of Prison Gang’s Drug-Dealing, But Also Its Ideology

The Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang’s alleged drug-dealing and violence, as described in court documents released as more than a dozen accused members were arrested on Apr. 12, are typical of Baltimore’s crime scene. What’s less prosaic about the BGF cases—including last year’s charges, when 25 other alleged members, many of them inmates,...
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Guilty Plea for Theft and Lying in DEA Cop Case

April 14, 2010
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Veteran Baltimore Police Department detective Mark Lunsford pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday, admitting that he stole funds intended for paying informants, stole a diamond watch and other items from suspects in his investigations, and lied in sworn documents. Lunsford was assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force. Under...
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Washington Times Reports That Former State Department Official Kept Classified Documents in Public Storage Locker in Maryland

March 31, 2010
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There’s an intriguing story in today’s Washington Times about State Department foreign service officer Reginald Eugene Hopson, who was stripped of his top-secret security clearance late last year and questioned by federal investigators after it was discovered that he was storing classified documents—including a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration file and documents relating to intelligence...
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Tillmans’ First Appearance

March 17, 2010
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Baltimore bail bondsman Milton Tillman Jr. and his son, Milton “Moe” Tillman III were brought handcuffed into U.S. District Judge Susan K. Guavey’s courtroom 7C at 4:25 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. Tillman Jr.’s ex-wife, Sandra, and sister, Patricia K. Brown, were among those looking on. At 5:08 the pair walked out free, Milton...
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Milton Tillman and Son Indicted in Bailbonds Conspiracy

March 17, 2010
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Milton Tillman and Son Indicted in Bailbonds Conspiracy

Milton Tillman Jr. | Image by Police Booking Photo According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorneys Office, politically connected ex-con Milton Tillman Jr. and his son, Milton “Moe” Tillman III, were both federally indicted on conspiracy charges that involved their bail-bonds businesses. The release says the indictment, which was filed under...
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Shawn Green Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

March 9, 2010
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On March 8 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland announced that Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced former federal fugitive Shawn Green to 12 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 330 pounds of cocaine. In December, Green pled guilty to charges of drug dealing and being part of the conspiracy....
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Another Correctional Officer Charged for Trying to Deliver Drugs in Prison, This Time in Western Maryland

March 1, 2010
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More than a week before Maryland correctional officer (CO) Shanika Johnson was charged on Feb. 21 for bringing pot and cell phones into a Baltimore prison, another CO was charged for a similar offense at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution (WCI) in Cumberland. In the Western Maryland case, the defendant—27-year-old Justin Wayne Smith—”admitted to...
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Correctional Officer Charged for Bringing Pot and Cell Phones Into Baltimore City Detention Center

March 1, 2010
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Awareness of suspected corruption among Baltimore’s prison guards grew on early Sunday morning, with the arrest of 20-year-old correctional officer Shanika Johnson after she was searched as she entered the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC). According to court records in the case, when Johnson attempted to enter the facility, her “bag was searched by...
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