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October 8, 2010

Largest drug bust in Baltimore County not the largest after all

The news release described it as the "largest drug bust in Baltimore County history." Police seized a warehouse full of marijuana -- 478 plants and 640 pounds of of the drug, along with grow systems, venting and a truck and a trailer in a warehouse on Canton Center Drive.

I don't mind the county cops, or any cops, hyping a good bust. But to call this the largest drug bust in county history is quite a stretch. They apparently forgot about the 2001 seizure by the U.S. Customs Service of 2 tons of reefer hidden in air-tight compartments built into 86 pieces of furniture that had been shipped to the Maryland Port in Dundalk in 2001.

Maybe this week's arrest of the couple was the biggest drug bust in Baltimore County police history, but the cops quickly toned down their release between the time they send it out Thursday morning and held a news conference later that afternoon. Then authorities described the bust as "one of the largest seizures of illicit drugs."

One half of couple arrested in this case -- Joseph Jesus Guadagnoli, 39, and Megan Bailey Veitch, 28 -- had been in trouble before. Gaudagnoli had been arrested in 2007 after a 9-month investigation involving federal and local authorities. At that time, police said they seized $230,000 worth of marijuana that was growing there. He ended up receiving five years in prison, but all but 9 months of the sentence was suspended, which he served at home with an ankle bracelet.

Posted by Peter Hermann at 7:43 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Baltimore County, Top brass


Thanks for the updated information. I am glad that this bust took place and these drugs will not get a chance to hit the streets.

Thank goodness, more lives saved from the devil-drug Marijuana!!

The devil drug??? You are an idiot! Its proved that it does nothing to you. If you think its the gate way drug once again your an IDIOT!! I wish i would of found that stash before the cops!!

A classic "your an idiot" post.

"He ended up receiving five years in prison, but all but 9 months of the sentence was suspended, which he served at home with an ankle bracelet." He only spent nine months in prison! hahahaha

Unfortunately, this bust had to occur. It is really upsetting to know the largest, or possibly second largest bust in Baltimore co., was for marijuana. Why don't authorities take control of the copious amounts of cocaine and heroin being made and distrubuted here in the U.S. and overseas? Maybe if the money that went toward this 9 month investigation was put towards combatting narcotic sales, than the countries crime and addiction rates would decrease. I just want to take a poll, would the average american be more upset if they found their children shooting dope or smoking a joint? Pick Your Battles.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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