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Baltimore’s Anti-Snitching Culture and a Dead FBI Informant

There have been anti-snitching videos distributed in Baltimore, reminders of the very real anti-snitching culture that has snatched many lives. Van Smith, an investigative reporter for the Baltimore City Paper, takes a look at one of the latest victims: Kareem Kelly Guest, an FBI informant.

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — Kareem Kelly Guest, a 29-year-old Westport resident, was no saint. He’d been charged dozens of times in state court for crimes typical of those in the drug game.

He was convicted in several cases, though his sentences were lenient and involved little jail time. But on Jan. 9, 2008, Guest did something that may have helped end his life: He sat down with federal law-enforcers and answered questions about what he knew about drug dealing in his neighborhood.

Twenty months later, after documents proving Guest’s cooperation started showing up on the streets of Westport last summer, Guest was shot dead. Who shot him and why remain unknown, though aspects of law enforcers’ efforts to answer those questions surfaced on June 1, when an obstruction-of-justice indictment was unsealed in U.S. District Court against Raine Zircon Curtis, an alleged witness to Guest’s murder.

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