Po­lice crime scene tech­ni­cian ar­rested

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Kevin Rec­tor krec­tor@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/rec­tor­sun

A crime scene tech­ni­cian for the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment has been ar­rested on felony drug and gun charges af­ter po­lice raided her home and found drugs, guns and more than $100,000 in cash, po­lice said Thurs­day.

Timika Jones, 37, who was hired by the depart­ment in the sum­mer of 2015, was ar­rested Wed­nes­day along with her boyfriend, Clarence Jones Jr., 39, with whom she lived in the 1600 block of Ash­bur­ton St., said T.J. Smith, a po­lice spokesman.

The ar­rest oc­curred af­ter of­fi­cers raided the home based on a tip sev­eral weeks ago that there was drug ac­tiv­ity at the home, Smith said.

“It was proac­tive, as the re­sult of in­for­ma­tion that was re­ceived,” Smith said. Po­lice en­tered the home on a search-and­seizure war­rant.

In­side, they found two hand­guns, a “cap­sule ma­chine” for pack­ag­ing drugs, and $100,000 in cash, po­lice said. In a ve­hi­cle out­side the home, which was rented by Timika Jones, po­lice found 125 gel cap­sules con­tain­ing “sus­pected heroin” and an ad­di­tional $5,000 in cash, po­lice said.

As a crime scene tech­ni­cian, Jones’ du­ties in­volved pro­cess­ing crime scenes, in­clud­ing dust­ing for fin­ger­prints and tak­ing pic­tures, Smith said. She did not have ac­cess to the depart­ment’s drug lab­o­ra­tory or stor­age, Smith said.

Smith said the depart­ment was in the process of re­view­ing all of the crim­i­nal cases in which Jones served as the tech­ni­cian “out of an abun­dance of cau­tion.”

Jones has been sus­pended with­out pay in ac­cor­dance with depart­ment pol­icy for of­fi­cers charged with but not yet con­victed of a felony, Smith said.

Both Jones and her boyfriend have been charged with felony drug pos­ses­sion, in­tent to dis­trib­ute drugs, and hand­gun vi­o­la­tions, and were be­ing held at Cen­tral Book­ing on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, po­lice said.

On­line court records show Jones was held in the fa­cil­ity on $250,000 bail and her boyfriend on $300,000 bail.

Nei­ther had an at­tor­ney listed in court records.

Both are due in court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in the case on Dec. 14.

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