A 31-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after being convicted of several drug crimes on Jan. 21.
Anne Arundel County Police Department reports show that officers noticed an improperly parked vehicle while patrolling the Pasadena area around 7900 Liberty Circle on May 22. Officers approached the car and noticed the defendant sitting in the driver’s seat. The responding officers requested that the man turn off his vehicle, but he didn’t comply. It’s then that they removed him from the car.
Officers performed a search of the man’s vehicle. They discovered a significant amount of drugs hidden just below the vehicle’s dashboard. Some of the drugs found there included 33 oxycodone pills, 43 baggies of cocaine and 246 fentanyl capsules. Police officers also located a digital scale and multiple cellphones in the vehicle.
The defendant was found guilty of the multiple possession and distribution offenses on Nov. 22.
One thing that was clear as the defendant awaited trial is the maximum sentence of 40 years that he could receive if he was convicted on the intent to distribute fentanyl count. That’s exactly what the judge sentenced him to.
He will be allowed to serve two of his sentences for his other two possession with an intent to distribute charges concurrently. He received a 10-year sentence for oxycodone and a 20-year sentence for cocaine.
When asked why the judge sentenced the defendant to the maximum, he noted that Anne Arundel County police officers have struggled to bring the opioid epidemic under control. He noted that he has little tolerance for those who continue to peddle the drug to others.
If there’s one thing that you should know, it’s that there’s no such thing as a minor offense when it comes to drug crimes. You face significant time in prison and fines if you’re convicted of such an offense. You may also be unable to qualify for government benefits, have a hard time obtaining a job and struggle to win custody of your kids if you’re convicted of such a crime.
Don’t allow your life to be ruined. Have a criminal defense attorney review your Price George’s County case and let you know what next steps you should take to protect your rights and interests here in Maryland.