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Father, son plead guilty to drug and burglary charges

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A man and his son, who were part of a criminal enterprise that involved selling drugs out of an auto body shop located in Southwest Baltimore pleaded guilty in federal court this week of drug and burglary charges.

Officials of the U.S. Attorney’s office said that Chad Paschall, 28 of Baltimore pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiring to distribute oxycodone, cocaine, heroin and other drugs and to commit bank burglary. His father, David Paschall, 54 of Catonsville pleaded guilty to similar charges on Thursday.

David Paschall operated Paschall’s Auto Body Shop located at 801 Desoto Road in the Southwest area of Baltimore. Authorities said that it was a widely known marketplace for drug users to buy the drugs. His son, at the shop nearly every day, helped to broker the drug sales

According to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, the case dismantled an organization that was responsible for a wide range of criminal activity.

According to charges that were unsealed last summer, the group sold an estimated $2 million in drugs and netted an estimated $1 million from burglaries that they committed in which they sometimes would cut power and phone lines, then use sledgehammers and blow torches to steal everything they could find that ranged from cash to vehicles and even drugs. Once, the father and son duo used a forklift to stack junk cars on top of one another at a Baltimore salvage lot, climb on top of them and break into the office, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. They then used a forklift to bring an office safe to the ground, break it open and steal $48,000 from it.

Under the plea agreement, David Paschall agreed to forfeit $500,000, his home, car, interest in the body shop and several firearms, while his son Chad Paschall will forfeit $250,000, his interest in his home and firearms and ammunition, officials said.

The pair face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the drug conspiracy plus five years in prison for the bank larceny conspiracy.

To date, ten defendants have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the investigation while charges are still pending against six other defendants.

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