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Shawn Green Arrested

By Jeffrey Anderson and Van Smith | Posted 12/16/2008

Editor's note: An updated and more detailed version of this story appeared in the Dec. 24 issue.

Fugitive Shawn Michael Green, who has been on the run from federal drug-trafficking charges since early 2007, was arrested recently in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland. No further information about the timing and circumstances of the arrest are available at this time.

Green, whose importance in the Eastern Seaboard illegal-drug trade is spelled out in criminal cases filed in Maryland and Pennsylvania, is an associate of politically connected Baltimore businessman Noel Liverpool. While Green was on the lam, his co-conspirator and mother, Yolanda Crawley, was convicted and sentenced for mortgage fraud and drug-money laundering. Also pleading guilty in the fraud scheme were lawyer Rachel Donegan and mortgage broker David Lincoln.

After his arrest, 42-year-old Green appeared in federal court in Baltimore on Dec. 15 as members of his family looked on. He gave as his address a residence in Columbia, Md., and told U.S. District Court magistrate judge James Bredar that he would be represented by Robert Simels of New York. Prosecutor Kwame Manley told Bredar that Simels is also under federal indictment. That case, filed in New York, accuses Simels of witness intimidation on behalf of a client accused of running a Guyana-based international cocaine conspiracy. Simels is expected to appear on Green's behalf during a detention hearing scheduled for Dec. 19.

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