[caption id="attachment_13576" align="alignleft" width="290" caption="Roosevelt Drummond in a mug shot from 2009 (left) and one from April (right)"]
[/caption] Roosevelt Drummond had a good day on April 25, when longstanding federal charges against him, filed as part of a complex set of indictments stemming from a lengthy investigation into
, were dropped at the request of the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. That meant the 62-year-old was no longer a fugitive, as he had been since his April 2009 indictment – enjoying a measure of freedom not afforded the dozens of other BGF defendants, most of whom were jailed as they awaited the conclusions of their cases, and many of whom have since received lengthy prison sentences. Yesterday, though, Drummond's good fortune at the hands of federal prosecutors got even better in state court. His federal indictment was dropped after
at the West Cold Spring Metro Station by a rookie Maryland Transit Administration officer, who'd found he hadn't paid full fare, discovered he was a federal fugitive, and charged him for having a small amount of heroin in his pants pocket. The resulting heroin-possession charge was wrapped up yesterday, with Drummond convicted and freed after being sentenced to pay $57.50 in court costs. Thus, for the first time in three years, Drummond appears unbeholden to the criminal-justice system – either as a detained suspect or as a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Service. What he does with his newfound freedom is anyone's guess, but let's hope it's productive.