A Maryland man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. In sentencing the 45-year-old man, the court increased the sentence based on the man's prior drug conviction as well as the amount of drugs recovered.
The man's convictions came at the end of a three-day jury trial on Dec. 11, 2014. At issue was the man's alleged distribution of 15 kilograms of cocaine over a less than two-month period. Some of the drugs were reportedly distributed while the man was on pretrial release for state drug charges. The man's co-defendants had previously pleaded guilty, receiving sentences ranging from 37 months to 140 months.
The investigation was completed by the DEA and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force. The investigative team used wiretaps on cellphones belonging to the man and his co-defendants. They also executed multiple search warrants on a number of homes. Trial testimony revealed intercepted phone calls discussing packages of cocaine, deliveries of cocaine and large cash payments. Following his prison sentence, the man will then be placed on 10 years of supervised release.
Drug-related offenses can lead to significant penalties if a person is convicted as charged. A person who faces such sanctions may want to seek help from a criminal defense attorney, as an attorney may be able to mitigate the penalties through a negotiated plea agreement or by seeking an acquittal. If a person who has been charged wishes to proceed to jury trial, a defense attorney might help by litigating all constitutional and evidentiary issues. They may then advocate on their client's behalf through trial.
Source: WBOC, "Salisbury Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison on Drug-Related Charges", March 18, 2015