Former school police officer takes plea deal in federal drug case

A former four-year veteran of the Baltimore City School Police recently pleaded guilty to federal charges in U.S. District Court. The charges were for drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. He now faces at least five years in federal prison, but the maximum sentence for the charges is 40 years.

The 31-year-old man sold cocaine to someone who was working with law enforcement. The sales happened between December 2012 and August 2013, on four occasions. As part of his plea agreement, the man, whose father just happened to be a homicide detective with the Baltimore Police, admitted that he bought “multiple ounces of cocaine base at a time from his suppliers. He received $9,800 for the crack, which weighed 150 grams.

The defendant doesn’t work for the school police anymore. He resigned, but not until July 7, 2014. In fact, the charges the man faced weren’t even a part of a public record until the previous week. The officials with the school district confirmed the man’s resignation, but had no other comment.

Drug charges can ruin someone’s life. It doesn’t even take a conviction in many cases. If the drug charges are at the federal level, even a plea agreement for a reduced sentence means that the defendant is spending the full time in prison. There is no parole in federal prison.

Building a strong defense is necessary to fight such charges. While a plea bargain can help some defendants, it is not the right choice for all. A defendant’s legal team can help provide advice and guidance on plea bargains and trials.

Source: Source: The Baltimore Sun, “City schools officer pleads guilty to federal drug-dealing charge,” Justin Fenton, July 7, 2014