By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun
2:55 PM EDT, March 24, 2014
The brother of the man accused of shooting off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was ordered to be held in custody on a federal drug charge after a brief hearing Monday.
Federal authorities have confirmed that Lamont G. Thomas spoke to city police as officers hunted for his brother Gregg Thomas earlier this month, but have not said whether there is a connection between the two cases.
Mcneill remains in critical condition with injuries from the March 14 shooting.
After watching the federal court hearing, Gilbert Thomas, the two men's father, said his sons had done nothing wrong.
"They're both innocent to me," he said.
State troopers stopped Lamont Thomas, who was driving a red Ford F-150, on Interstate 95 in Cecil County on March 11, according to charging documents. Troopers searched the car and found about $160,000 worth of cocaine in a hidden compartment installed in the back seat, the court papers said.
Thomas and another man riding in the truck were initially charged in Cecil County. They were picked up on the federal charges after they each posted $500,000 bail.
The second round of charges was filed the same day that Mcneill, a 19-year veteran, was shot while sitting in his Toyota Tundra at a Belair Road auto shop near North Avenue.
Gregg Thomas was arrested in connection with the shooting after turning himself in the following Sunday after a citywide manhunt. Police said in charging documents that he was identified by witnesses, and a prosecutor said in court last week that authorities recovered the gun used in the attack.
Thomas is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. His attorney could not be reached Monday.
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