Heroin Trafficking Convictions A father and son were convicted in federal court in Greenbelt on charges tied to the heroin trafficking operation they ran out of Pakistan, an operation that prosecutors said shipped hundreds of kilograms of heroin to locations worldwide.
Muzaffar Khan Afridi, 70, and Alamdar Khan Afridi, 29, were found guilty of 13 counts, including distributing heroin, conspiracy to distribute the drug and using phones and fax machines to make transactions.
Authorities used an informant to buy drugs several times from the Afridis, who lived in a compound near Peshawar, Pakistan. Those included heroin deliveries to a McDonald's restaurant in Beltsville and in the African nation of Cameroon and 19.8 kilograms sent to London hidden in crates of sporting goods.
The pair were indicted in 2003, and federal agents lured them to Thailand, where they were arrested and extradited to the United States.
Each could face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $4 million fine when sentenced Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court.
Sentencing in Fatal Stabbing A Greenbelt man convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and stealing her car was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison by a Prince George's County judge.
Circuit Court Judge E. Allen Shepherd sentenced Kevin M. Tinsley, 39, for the Nov. 28, 2004, death of Doreen McClendon, 37. McClendon was attacked less than nine hours after a District Court commissioner denied her request for a protective order against Tinsley.
On Sept. 20, a Circuit Court jury acquitted Tinsley of first- and second-degree murder and assault charges. The jury convicted Tinsley of manslaughter and car theft.
In her unsuccessful application for a protective order, McClendon wrote that she told Tinsley she wanted him out of the Greenbelt apartment they shared with her four children and toddler grandson.
Sentencing in Rape Case A Silver Spring man was ordered to serve three life sentences yesterday for raping a 13-year-old girl last year.
Jorge Rivera-Aleman, 39, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sex offense in August. Authorities linked his DNA to samples provided by five victims of sex crimes, prosecutors said.
"We are greatly relieved that the terror this defendant wrought in the Silver Spring community for two years has come to an end," Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler said in a statement.
Arrest After Mistaken Release Authorities arrested a man yesterday who was mistakenly released from the D.C. jail more than a week ago.
Miguel Harris, 24, was accused by police of shooting four people Nov. 14 outside a Northwest nightclub, Kili's Kafe & Lounge. He was released from custody Nov. 21 after a court appearance, officials said.
D.C. Department of Corrections officials yesterday accepted blame for the release, saying Harris was freed as a result of "staff negligence." In a letter to the D.C. Council, S. Elwood York Jr., interim director of the department, said officials "will take appropriate disciplinary action in the case."
Harris was arrested about 12:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road SE by members of a U.S. Marshals task force, authorities said.
Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.