A relative of the former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes is facing serious criminal allegations after he allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for his drug habit. The young man, Hughes’ grandson, is accused of drug offenses including possession and distribution of heroin. The 26-year-old was apprehended in connection with a major heroin trafficking operation on the Eastern Shore of the state.
Official reports indicate that about 20 people have been arrested in connection with the operation, though authorities say that number is expected to grow. The arrests are part of a concerted effort to prevent the flow of heroin and other controlled substances through the Eastern Shore, which is generally considered a “quiet area.” In all, Hughes’ grandson is facing 20 criminal counts, including possessing and distributing narcotics, along with theft and obtaining property from a vulnerable adult. The young man is accused of stealing about $250,000 from his grandfather to pay for his purchases.
However, Hughes adamantly denies that his grandson took the money; reporters say that the man gave his grandson permission to use his ATM card. The grandson is also accused of accepting checks from his relative and then using the money to further his drug crimes. The 26-year-old is not considered a kingpin in the case, though authorities say they have apprehended several others thought to be instrumental in running the heroin trafficking operation.
Famous people and their relatives are certainly not exempt from being charged with drug offenses and other violations. The simple fact that the spotlight is upon this young man does not mean that he is considered guilty by default. Every criminal defendant accused of drug possession or intent to distribute deserves to have his or her rights protected in criminal court.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Former Gov. Hughes’ grandson charged in heroin ring” Jean Marbella, Sep. 10, 2014