Woman receives life sentence in connection to 2009 murder of man in White Marsh apartment

A Jamaican woman received a life sentence Friday for murder in connection with the 2009 death of a man in a White Marsh apartment – after which officials say she and her co-conspirators dismembered the body and disposed of pieces in the Loch Raven and Liberty Road areas.

Jean Brown, 43, of Jamaica, was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge. Federal investigators said she was one of the leaders of a group that obtained marijuana in Arizona and California and transported it to Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.

The group, which officials said was led by Brown and another person, Carl Smith, transported as much as 1,000 pounds of marijuana a month from 2000 until Brown’s arrest in 2010, officials said.

According to federal investigators, witnesses at Brown’s trial testified that on Dec. 16, 2009, Brown, Smith and three others – identified by officials as Peter Blake, Hubert Downer and Dean Myrie -- kidnapped Michael Knight, one of Brown’s couriers.

Officials said Knight had been holding $1 million for the organization, but $250,000 was seized by authorities, officials said.

Officials allege that shortly after that, Brown and her co-conspirators took Knight to an apartment in White Marsh. When he was not able to turn over the money, he was stabbed to death in the bathtub, officials said.

Police allege that Knight’s body was dismembered and disposed of in trash receptacles in the Loch Raven and Liberty Road areas.

“Jean Brown ran a lucrative drug organization that committed wanton and brutal acts of violence,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “In 2009, after authorities seized $250,000 in drug proceeds from courier Michael Knight, Brown and her associates kidnapped Knight, dismembered him in a bathtub and threw his remains in the trash.”

Officials also alleged that in April 2010 Brown paid co-conspirators to murder Smith. Witnesses testified that one of the co-conspirators killed Smith, shooting him in the head.

Federal officials said Myrie, 39, of Jamaica, pleaded guilty to kidnapping in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to 108 months in prison. Downer, 51, of Jamaica and Blake, 55, of Jamaica, have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing, officials said.

Officials said the investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Baltimore County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Friday’s sentencing announcement was attended by federal officials, as well as Baltimore County Chief James Johnson and Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry Tolliver Sr.

NOTE: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story neglected to properly reference Carl Smith, a man who officials said was part of the alleged drug organization. Thanks to the comment below for pointing it out.

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