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8 Indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Annapolis Drug Ring

ATF agents served warrants on nearly two dozen individuals indicted in an Annapolis drug ring.

A federal grand jury indicted eight and charged 22 involved in a drug ring in Annapolis and other parts of Anne Arundel County, the Maryland US Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms served federal search warrants at 10 locations and seven vehicles, and 22 defendants charged in state court, according to a press release from the state's attorney's office.

Agencies involved included the Annapolis Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Baltimore Police Department, and the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, the release stated.

"We, as a police department and a community, will not tolerate the illegal sale of drugs or guns within our City," said Chief Michael Pristoop of the Annapolis Police Department. "Removing these offenders from our streets was a top priority and certainly a step on the right direction."

Acting Chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department Lt. Colonel Pamela R. Davis thanked all agencies involved in the partnership to bring the case to closure.

"A disproportionate amount of violent crimes with a connection to illegal drugs is often committed by a small percentage of individuals. The community can immediately take solace in knowing that these individuals have been removed from their neighborhoods," Davis said.

The following defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine:

  • Ernest Lee Harmon, 36, of Baltimore
  • Dontaye Lee Harmon, 39, of Baltimore
  • Damian Leron Brown, 37, of Annapolis
  • Jessica Knode, 27, of Crofton

Two defendants charged in this indictment are still being sought, and their names have not been unsealed.

Ernest Lee Harmon and Dontaye Lee Harmon also were charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Ernest Lee Harmon and Damian Leron Brown are charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute heroin.

The defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for the drug conspiracy. Dontaye Lee Harmon and Damian Brown also face a maximum of 20 years in prison for distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine or heroin. Ernest Lee Harmon faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison for distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.

In related indictments, Corrie Flannigan, 19, of Annapolis, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon; and Jimolo Coates, 20, of Annapolis, is charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

Flannigan and Coates each face a maximum of 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm and/or ammunition by a previously convicted felon.

Naptownbll June 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM
19 and 20 yrs old and previously convicted of a felony? Why in the hell are they not in prison? We need to start a class action lawsuit against judges, courts nd anyone else who keeps babying these thugs and lets them loose to prey on law abiding citizens.
Bee June 13, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Amen, Naptownbil. MD is full of liberal judges and politicians. Give them all the boot. It will be interesting to see exactly what punishment they all get - I hope I'm wrong but I bet just a slap on the wrist. Very sad.
Melody LaPier June 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Who were the other 3 indicted and the other 22 charged? Why write a partial story to go with the headline?
Citizen 101 June 13, 2013 at 02:08 PM
1st of all is guidelines for sentencing. You don't know what the conviction could've been for.. They could've been in a car with someone who had a guy and they got charged and pleaded guilty to being in possession. So know the situation before you start trying to make ppl thugs.
Renzie1017 June 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Certainly these people need to be more productive and as they say "Live by the sword - Die by the sword" - If anyone of these people were merely 'guilty by association' and nothing more than they wouldn't be in the repeated messes they keep getting themselves into and be called thugs - Thugs they are and a drag on society.
Jackie Treehorn June 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Online records appear to indicate that Flannigan received 6 years with all but 1 year and 1 day suspended for 1st degree burglary and theft under $1000 earlier this year. He's certainly on probation and probably was paroled. He's backing up 5 years to a judge on top of the 10 he faces in this case. Coates appears to have a possession with intent to distribute narcotics from earlier this year and received a 5 year sentence with all but 18 months suspended. He's backing up 3.5 years on top of the 10 he could receive in this case. They both got breaks last time, probably won't get them this time.
TJ June 13, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Well if they go to O'Malley's prison, they will have all the drugs they want while they're in there.
jessica brown June 13, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Well I think if everyone stop commenting n clean up ur own back yard....the world would b a better place!!!!!!!!
TJ June 13, 2013 at 05:00 PM
You should follow your set of rules Jessica and keep your comments to yourself.
Gina June 13, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Its funny how the first thing that comes out a person's mouthvis THUGS people get a grip on reality don't believe everything you read STOP BEING SO DAMN JUDGEMENTAL
ICARE June 14, 2013 at 03:30 AM
SOMETIMES PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO CHANGE BUT WHEN THEY GET THAT SLAP ON THE WRIST AND ARE ABLE TO BE BACK IN SOCIETY NO ONE HIRES FELONS NO ONE GIVES THEM APARTMENTS SO THEIR FORCED TO LIVE THE ONLY WAY THEY NO HOW THE STREETS WHETHER YOU USE DRUGS OR SELL THEM IT'S AND ADDICTION SO IF THIS FUCKED UP WORLD WOULD WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT MAKING THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD THEY SHOULD TRY TO GET THESE PEOPLE SOME HELP INSTEAD OF WANTING TO SEND THEM STRAIGHT TO PRISON
SIMMS_WIFEY June 14, 2013 at 01:36 PM
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT DEFINES A THUG, IS LEOPOLD A THUG, WHAT ABOUT MARTHA STEWART? WE ARE SO QUICK TO CALL SOMEONE A THUG BECAUSE THE TYPE OF CRIME COMMITTED OR BASED ON THEIR RACE. CRIMES ARE COMMITTED EVERYDAY BY ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE, POLITICANS, BUSINESSMEN AND EVERY DAY ORDINARY PEOPLE.
Odenton Guy June 14, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Many of these comments show the huge part of the problem. This case clearly isn't a case of mistaken identity or wrong place at the wrong time. These individuals are thugs, criminals, or any other term that describes dregs off society. Of course no one would want to hire them with criminal records. The problem is they should already be in jail. Long, harsh prison sentences will at least keep these people off the street. Slap on the wrists and "rehabilitation" basically allows them back on the street sooner to commit similar or worse crimes than before. Lock them up and make prison miserable for them.
Richard Honeyblue Jr. June 14, 2013 at 04:45 PM
the government are the thugs they allow that shit ove here every nigga do choose the lifestyle they have like others some people make due with what they got
Richard Honeyblue Jr. June 14, 2013 at 04:47 PM
to me its just a publicity stunt giving half ass information
Deadman June 16, 2013 at 03:37 AM
It's all a revolving door low level street dealers no big fish caught in the sting.The big fish are the ones in politics who bring the drugs in America's economy is based around crime and drugs ..
Harold June 18, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Wow, O malley jail? If this wasn't happening when Erhlich was in office? The problem is that we keep blaming instead of solving....Honeyblue is correct that there has to be drugs being let in while government officials look the other way. partial story is due to partial information from the U.S. Attorney's Office Press Release. ( don't want to jepardize the case) the baddest thugs were joe Kennedy and Presscott Bush.( Drugs and Booze) not these guys

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