Pasadena Man Convicted For Warning Suspected Drug Dealers Of DEA Wiretaps
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PASADENA, Md. (WJZ)–A Pasadena man pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawfully providing notice of electronic surveillance to suspected drug dealers in the county.
On June 27, 2013, law enforcement overheard a call in which 34-year-old Joshua Ferguson warned suspected drug trafficker Paul Cain of three phone taps in Pasadena for drugs. Ferguson also told Cain to warn another suspected drug dealer, Daryell Rexrode, about the phone taps as well.
Shortly thereafter, Cain and Rexrode stopped using their cell phones.
Further investigation revealed that Ferguson learned of the phone taps through 23-year-old Sarah Harris, who worked at the Clerk’s Office in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.
Ferguson had met with Harris at a bar on June 26, 2013, where Harris told Ferguson that there were phone taps in Pasadena for drugs.
Ferguson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. He will be sentenced June 27.
Harris, of Pasadena, pleaded guilty in February 2014 to obstruction of an official proceeding and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison at her sentencing scheduled on May 9.
Cain, 48, and Rexrode, 56, both of Pasadena, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in drug trafficking activities. Rexrode was sentenced on March 8 to 160 months in prison. Cain awaits sentencing.
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