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  • The Dealer Returns

    The Dealer Returns
    By the time he was in his mid-20s in the early 1990s, Fred Douglas Brooks III claimed he was one of Baltimore’s biggest heroin dealers, using 50 aliases as he sat atop an organization with 30-plus employees and drug ties in 17 countries. Later, in the early 2000s, after federal agents caught up with him for a second time, he became a first-class snitch, helping the government build a high-stakes, West Coast drug case filled with international drug-cartel intrigue. Now, according to law enforcers in Maryland and Louisiana, Brooks is based in Houston and back to his old ways, overseeing the complex logistics of supplying kilograms of heroin from Mexican sources to wholesalers in Baltimore, New Orleans, New York, and elsewhere, and laundering the high-volume flow of cash that comes back to him in return.  
  • The right to give the world its kink has long been exercised-and defended-from an old Baltimore warehouse

    If ever there was to be a Baltimore landmark noted for its ties to free-speech battles, it might well be the historic brick warehouse at 3300 Clipper Mill Road in Hampden-Woodberry, a building that once produced sails for the Baltimore clipper ships...

    Corner Cartel

    Ronald Eugene Brown was a natural target for Baltimore narcotics investigators. The 6-foot-6-inch, 240-pound man, nicknamed “Truck,” had already served many years in prison for 1990s drug-dealing and robbery convictions, and his rehabilitation...

    Ex-cons, and some current ones, find a home in troubled Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association

    Ask Michael Thames if he’s a member of the Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association, and the 42-year-old quickly pulls his Port of Baltimore photo-identification card out of his pants pocket. He’s been working for nine...

    Men held after panga boat is found in San Luis Obispo County

     
    Two men were being held in connection with a panga boat San Luis Obispo sheriff's deputies discovered along the Central California coast early Tuesday.