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Man plots murder-for-hire scheme from behind bars, police said

A Howard County undercover detective foiled a murder-for-hire scheme by an inmate who was being held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup.

Police received a tip that Bernard Perez-Garcia, who was being held at the detention center on federal immigration violations, was soliciting someone to kill his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, and his mother.

Detectives believe the motive was strictly domestic-related.

The undercover detective who was posing as a prospective "hit man," met with Perez-Garcia at the jail.

He explained to the detective that he wanted two people on the outside killed, and that the duel homicide was to look like a robbery at a store owned by the potential victims in Langley Park.

Perez-Garcia gave the detective the male victim's name and a description of his car, and said payment would be made after the murders were carried out.

Perez-Garcia is facing two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and remains in custody at the county detention center without bond.

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