A convicted drug dealer was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week for cocaine-related charges. Stemming from a March arrest in Worcester County, the 27-year-old Maryland resident (who has a prior drug charge for crack cocaine possession) was found guilty of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
The Maryland State Police arrested the man earlier this year when, after a short chase, police officers found the man in possession of a large plastic bag with three smaller bags containing crack cocaine. At the time, the suspect fled his car to try avoiding law enforcement, but the vehicle was never placed in park; the moving car eventually hit a rail guard on Route 113. A later inspection of the car produced even more drugs.
Maryland drug charges can vary depending on the circumstances; for example, suspects caught with a large amount of a controlled substance may be charged with intent to distribute or drug trafficking. Also, depending on the quantity and packaging, the charges may result in a felony or misdemeanor. In addition, the type of drug found in the suspect’s possession also determines what kind of charges the person may face.
In the state of Maryland, if caught with a Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 drug, such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, or methamphetamine, a suspect can receive a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. For less dangerous drugs, a prison sentence may be up to 5 years with fines of up to $15,000.
The penalties for being arrested for drug possession in Maryland can be quite severe, and not knowing the complexities of state drug laws and what punishments you may face can make the situation more difficult. A skilled Maryland drug possession defense attorney at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer can help you if you have been arrested for the crime of drug possession. We have years of experience handling these types of cases and will fight to get the best possible outcome in your case. For a free case evaluation, please call (866) 444-6363.