Baltimore City Schools Officer Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 07/09/14

Napoleon McLain, Jr. could spend up to 40 years in prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

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A police officer with Baltimore city schools will spend at least the next five years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to federal drug conspiracy charges.

Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, could end up behind bars for a maximum of 40 years after admitting to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and cocaine base, in addition to drug possession. A confidential source working with city authorities purchased crack from McLain Jr. on four occasions between December 2012 and August 2013, with the drugs totaling 150 grams and going for a street value of $9,800. He also admitted to purchasing “multiple ounces of cocaine base at a time from his suppliers.”

Although his plea agreement was drafted in April, it was only made public this week. McLain Jr. had been working for Baltimore city schools since February 2009, but resigned shortly after his arrest. His official sentencing is scheduled for October 15.

McLain, Jr. isn’t the only school employee to be fired for a drug-related incident in recent days. Earlier this month, high school student assistance coordinator Loretta Young was fired from Steinert High School in New Jersey after allegedly brokering a drug deal between two students in her office. She reportedly ordered the two boys, identified only as J.C. and G.H., to return marijuana and cash to each other after one student complained of being scammed financially by the other.

The tenured faculty member, who had been at the school for 17 years, claimed that the accusations were part of a retaliatory scheme after one of the boys was expelled for drug possession shortly after. But arbitrator Michael Peckers, who led a five-month investigation into the incident, did not accept her story.

“There is no excuse for Ms. Young not to have called the main office instantly upon the exchange to alert them that J.C. was currently in possession, and G.H. was also in possession of a controlled dangerous substance in school,” Peckers wrote. “(Young’s) rambling and confusing attempt to explain away her failure to report the drug transaction immediately to the administration exposes the underlying inconsistency in her story."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.