Lawyers Find Fault With Pr. George's Drug Arrests.
Post, 14 Oct 2008 (Castaneda ).
Prosecuting a suspect who was arrested while holding a package containing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of marijuana might seem like a slam-dunk.
But in Prince George's County, two such defendants, initially charged with felonies, were recently convicted of misdemeanors. Another was acquitted at trial after testifying that he thought a package he picked up contained a vacuum cleaner.
The arrests occurred months before a drug investigation that led a SWAT team to raid the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo this summer -- an operation that drew wide attention in part because the family's two Labrador retrievers were shot and killed. Nine days after the raid, authorities said Calvo and his wife had nothing to do with a package of marijuana that was delivered to their home.
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