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Federal officials say alleged cocaine ring laundered money through Rita's Italian Ice in Fells Point
Federal officials say alleged cocaine ring laundered money through Rita's Italian Ice in Fells Point

An alleged cocaine ring used a Rita's Italian Ice store in Fells Point, rental properties and other businesses to launder money in a drug-trafficking operation that stretched from Baltimore to Houston, federal investigators said Wednesday. Authorities said they also believe the drug operation is connected to a 2012 Baltimore homicide. A federal grand jury indicted seven men and two women on drug-conspiracy charges. Federal officials said they are seeking forfeiture of $15 million in cash as part of the case. The drug organization was a major supplier of cocaine in the Baltimore region, said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. In addition to the Baltimore-to-Houston connection, the...

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