Bal­ti­more po­lice crime scene tech­ni­cian pleads guilty to drug charge

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Jes­sica An­der­son jkan­der­son@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jan­ders5

A Bal­ti­more po­lice crime scene tech­ni­cian pleaded guilty Thurs­day to a drug charge and re­signed from the de­part­ment af­ter po­lice raided her home last year and found drugs, guns and more than $100,000 in cash.

Bal­ti­more Cir­cuit Judge Charles J. Peters sen­tenced 38-year-old Timika Jones to five years, sus­pend­ing all but the time she has al­ready served. She pleaded guilty to one count of pos­sess­ing drugs with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

She did not speak at Thurs­day’s hear­ing, ex­cept to an­swer “yes” to sev­eral ques­tions from the judge.

Af­ter the hear­ing, Jones hugged sev­eral sup­port­ers out­side the court­room. Jones and her at­tor­ney, Robert Cole, de­clined to com­ment.

Jones, who had been with the Po­lice De­part­ment since 2015, was ar­rested last Novem­ber af­ter of­fi­cers raided her rented home in the 1600 block of Ash­bur­ton St. af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip.

At the house, of­fi­cers found two hand- guns, a ma­chine for pack­ag­ing drugs, and $100,000 in cash, po­lice said. In a ve­hi­cle out­side the home, which was rented by Jones, po­lice found 125 gel cap­sules con­tain­ing “sus­pected heroin” and an ad­di­tional $5,000 in cash, po­lice said.

Jones had been sus­pended with­out pay since her ar­rest. As part of her plea agree­ment, she sub­mit­ted her res­ig­na­tion from the de­part­ment Thurs­day.

The Po­lice De­part­ment did not re­spond for a re­quest for com­ment Thurs­day.

Jones' du­ties in­volved pro­cess­ing crime scenes, in­clud­ing dust­ing for fin­ger­prints and tak­ing pic­tures. A po­lice spokesman said pre­vi­ously that Jones did not have ac­cess to the de­part­ment's drug lab­o­ra­tory or stor­age.

Jones’ hus­band, Clarence Jones Jr., 39, who was also ar­rested fol­low­ing the raid of their home, still faces charges in fed­eral court re­lated to the raid. Clarence Jones was in­dicted in Au­gust in fed­eral court on charges of pos­sess­ing a firearm with a prior con­vic­tion. His at­tor­ney did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Thurs­day afternoon.

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