Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

August 10, 2012 -- For manufacturing narcotics, Tyrone Ceaser and his girlfriend, Tanya Avery, pled guilty today before Baltimore City Circuit Judge Timothy Doory and received five-year sentences.

Guilty of manufacturing marijuana and trafficking it while using a handgun, Ceaser, 22, is to serve his sentence without the possibility of parole. Avery, 29, pled guilty to manufacturing marijuana. With the exception of the time she already has spent in jail, her sentence was suspended. She also is to serve three years of probation and complete drug treatment and parenting classes.

On September 17, 2011, at roughly 12:25 a.m., police officers driving through the apartment complex in the 4800 block of Lorelly Avenue observed two individuals standing on the sidewalk talking. When officers approached, one of the men, Tyrone Ceaser, became visibly nervous. After receiving Ceaser's permission, the officers conducted a search that yielded a plastic bag of marijuana and a burned portion of a cigar containing suspected marijuana. As officers were placing him under arrest, a neighbor called out that Ceaser had unattended children in his nearby home, a fact that Caeser confirmed. Inside, police located three children — ages one, three, and seven — as well 11 marijuana plants, cultivation equipment, and multiple marijuana blunts. After Avery consented to a subsequent search of the apartment, police found a 9 mm Ruger handgun, a loaded magazine next to the weapon, and 9 mm ammunition.

Assistant State's Attorneys Jeanne Canal and Paul Pineau prosecuted the case.