According to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of detainments related to marijuana consumption, sales or possession has increased throughout Maryland and across the United States. This comes despite the number of states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational purposes. The FBI report estimates that every 48 seconds, another person is detained for marijuana-related charges.
Four Maryland men have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 86 months to 20 years after admitting to distributing large amounts of powder and crack cocaine in St. Mary's County. A 42-year-old California man and a 42-year-old Lexington Park man were sentenced to 11 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. A 32-year-old Great Mills man was sentenced to 86 months of incarceration followed by supervised release lasting for three years. A 44-year-old Waldorf resident, who is said to have supplied the drugs, entered into a plea agreement that calls for 20 years of imprisonment.
Like other states, Maryland is working hard to reduce the number of traffic injuries and fatalities that result from drunk driving. This includes educational efforts aimed at new drivers, public awareness campaigns and stricter penalties for drunk driving offenses. You have likely noticed increase police patrols around holidays and frequent sobriety checkpoints.
A federal prosecutor participating in the prosecution of an MS-13 gang member said that the man's conviction substantially reduced the gang's criminal network in Maryland. The MS-13 member admitted in court as part of his plea deal that he distributed guns in the state to support the goals of the gang. The 25-year-old man has entered guilty pleas on charges of racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder and carrying a firearm while participating in a violent crime.
Modern life can be hectic, and we often come and go about our daily business knowing little about our neighbors. Imagine, then, the surprise and other emotions the surrounding residents felt when the police raided a Maryland suburban townhouse and uncovered drugs, money and an illegal firearm. It is unclear whether the police were acting on a tip, or the action was the result of an ongoing investigation.
A 64-year-old Owings Mills pharmacist has purportedly confessed to investigators that he filled numerous fake prescriptions for at least three women in exchange for sexual favors and sexually explicit imagery. The man pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 24 to charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and distribution of oxycodone.