Baltimore, Maryland drug abuse

Baltimore, Maryland has a population of 620,961 and it has a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Maryland you have a 1 in 182 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime and if you lived in Baltimore, Maryland you have a 1 in 66 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  Just recently there have been 223 murders, 266 rapes, 3,363 robberies and 5,513 assaults.  Baltimore is number 25 in the 100 most dangerous cities to live in.  This information comes from data reported by the FBI and is published by neighborhoodscout.com.

The US Attorney Rod Rosenstein reported to wbalt.com that “Officer Redd, although he was a police officer, he was an armed drug dealer, and he’s going to suffer the consequences of an armed drug dealer.”

This after the investigation came to an end on a tip to the Baltimore Police Department about this officer selling drugs out of the police station parking lot.  The officer pleads guilty to possession with intent to sell and conspiring to sell drugs while on the job from Jan to June of 2011.  Court records say he was at times in uniform and carrying his service weapon as he sold heroin in the Northwestern Police District Station parking lot.  Police spokesman Anthony Gugleilmi said, “It’s an egregious violation of the public’s trust, but what people have to know is this is a BPD-led investigation.  The BPD identified this problem, and we rectified this problem.  We partnered with our federal authorities to send a very clear message.”  The FBI and the Baltimore City Police investigation did include wiretapped phone conversations.  The officer in question had been working as a city police officer for 17 years at the time of his arrest.  Rosenstein said, “Obviously, I do think it’s cause for concern, but also, I think there ought to be some recognition that the Police Department is turning the corner in terms of dealing with corruption and there’s going to be a very significant deterrent in the future for police officers who realize that when they cross the line, They are going to be dealt with harshly.  The Police Department is committed to ‘rooting out corruption’.  One of the significant aspects of this case is the level of cooperation and coordination that the police provided to the FBI in conducting the investigation.”

There is a plea agreement and if the court accepts it then the officer will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.  That is indeed a heavy price to pay for dealing in drugs.  That is one example of what drugs can do to a community.  Many manpower hours are spent to catch this officer who had gone wrong.  Can you imagine those that were buying from him what kind of attitude they had about the police department?  That kind of thing can encourage people to actually sell and distribute more drugs because after all “the police are doing it too”. I hope that the individuals whom this moral-less man got hooked on drugs go themselves into one of the local Baltimore drug rehabs.

If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the heroin rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

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