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Man Unable to Afford Bail Sat in Jail on False Charges

A video released by the Office of the Maryland Public Defender shows a Baltimore police officer “placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a trash-strewn lot.” The officer then walks away to activate his body camera and returns to discover the drugs.
 
Following release of the video, prosecutors dropped the heroin possession charges against the man arrested for the drugs hidden by the officer. The man had been held in jail for seven months because he could not afford to pay his bail, which was set at $50,000.
 
Watch the video of the police camera footage at the link above.


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