Stop Snitching Cameraman Gets 30 Years

Drug and gun charges send man involved with Baltimore DVD sensation to jail
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2008 1:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – The heroin dealer-turned-cameraman behind the now-infamous Stop Snitching DVD was given 30 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges yesterday in Baltimore, the Sun reports. During his sentencing, Akiba Matthews-Bey said he was targeted by police because he made the video, which brought national attention to witness intimidation in local courts.

“It’s not like I killed somebody; I never did anything like that," he said. "Why attack me?” Matthews-Bey was arrested in Baltimore last fall after police found a gun—which he denies owning—and 58 gel caps of heroin in his car. The judge said the DVD—which included an appearance by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, a Baltimore native—did not affect the investigation but did influence sentencing.