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Baltimore County resident who ran drug trafficking organization sentenced to 10 years in prison

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore County man who ran a drug trafficking organization in the Baltimore area has been sentenced to prison. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Ernest Lee Bailey, 51, of Owings Mills, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and …


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Baltimore man nabbed in series of arrests targeting drug-trafficking organizations nationwide

BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man is one of nearly 200 people who have been charged as part of a series of arrests targeting large-scale drug-trafficking organizations operating throughout the United States. “Over just three days and across 10 states, the Justice Department has charged nearly 200 individuals for their alleged roles in major drug trafficking operations,” said Attorney General Merrick B. …


Olszewski announces new Baltimore County Quick Response Team to provide overdose care, connections to treatment

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced the launch of a Quick Response Team pilot program that will provide mobile, on-demand overdose care, resources, and harm reduction services to respond in real time to residents experiencing overdoses. “We are committed to combatting the deadly opioid epidemic – and preventing overdose deaths by ensuring residents have access to critical …

Baltimore County father and son sentenced for laundering drug trafficking Bitcoin proceeds intended for federal forfeiture

GREENBELT, MD—A father and son have been sentenced to prison for laundering drug trafficking Bitcoin proceeds. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has sentenced Joseph Farace, age 72, of Sparks, to 19 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for a money laundering conspiracy. On January 5, 2023, Judge Griggsby sentenced his son, Ryan Farace, age …

Edgewood robbery suspects arrested following police pursuit

EDGEWOOD, MD—Two Baltimore men are in custody in connection with an armed robbery that occurred over the weekend in Harford County. At just after 8 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2024, a Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a white Volkswagen sedan that was traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Route 152 and I-95. …

Edgewood man receives maximum sentence on attempted rape, drug charges

EDGEWOOD, MD—An Edgewood man will spend decades behind bars after being convicted on rape and drug charges. On Monday, December 4, Bernard Lamont Staten, 68, pled guilty to attempted second-degree rape and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in two separate cases before the Honorable Judge Diane Adkins-Tobin. Both pleas were binding plea agreements, and Staten will be sentenced to …

Baltimore County seeking input on use of Opioid Restitution Funds

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County officials are seeking public input on the use of Opioid Restitution Funds awarded to the County as part of the recent national opioid settlement. A public forum will be held 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at the Baltimore County Public Library – Randallstown Branch. Residents are invited to attend and their share ideas …

2023 National Drug Take Back Day set for this weekend

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland State Police are asking residents to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during national drug take back day. Citizens can drop off unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at all 23 Maryland State Police barracks. Maryland State Police are participating as part of the 25th National Prescription Drug Take Back …