Crime, Police/Fire

Drug trafficker sentenced to nearly five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, other drugs to Maryland

GREENBELT, MD—A judge has sentenced a California woman to nearly five years in prison for trafficking illegal drugs to Maryland and other east coast states. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis has sentenced Ana Christina Avalos, A.K.A. “Christina Cazares-Quintero.” 35, of California, to 57 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession …


Crime, Health, Sci-Tech

Maryland man facing federal charges for allegedly sending threatening emails to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins at NIH

GREENBELT, MD—A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., 56, for the federal charges of threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm, specifically for sending emails threatening harm to Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins, the current Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The criminal complaint was …


Baltimore man pleads guilty to robbing Parkville restaurant, two other robberies

UPDATE: Javaughn Berry has been sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—A Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Parkville restaurant and two other robberies. Javaughn Berry, 26, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act Robbery). The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney …

Baltimore County man sentenced to four years in prison for impersonating Secret Service agent, identity theft

BALTIMORE, MD—A judge has sentenced a Baltimore County man to over four years in prison in connection with an identity theft scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Igor Cooper Rosensteel, 30, of Middle River, to 50 months in federal prison for device fraud and aggravated identity theft, related to a scheme in which he held himself out …

St. Jude Medical agrees to pay $27 million for allegedly selling defective heart devices

BALTIMORE, MD—St. Jude Medical, Inc. has agreed to pay $27 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that, between November 2014 and October 2016, it knowingly sold defective heart devices to health care facilities that, in turn, implanted the devices into patients insured by federal healthcare programs. St. Jude was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in January 2017. The …

Members of drug trafficking ring sentenced to over 9 years in prison for Baltimore County cocaine distribution conspiracy

BALTIMORE, MD—Several men who were members of a drug trafficking ring are being sent prison after distributing cocaine in Baltimore County. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III has sentenced Tony Lee Bauer, 39, of Baltimore, 110 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine as …

Man who dealt drugs in Parkville sentenced to 7 years in prison

PARKVILLE, MD—A U.S. District Judge on Friday sent a Baltimore man to prison after dealing drugs in the Parkville area. Delonte Wheeler, 28, of Baltimore, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The sentence …

Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office warns that scammers are attempting to ‘spoof’ main office phone number in attempt to defraud victims

BALTIMORE, MD—Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner on Friday announced that scammers are attempting to “spoof” the U.S. Attorney’s Office main office telephone number so that calls appear to originate from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the recipient’s caller ID in a criminal scheme to defraud individuals who owe federal debts such as criminal restitution …