Man gets 14 years in Elk­ton drug case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A man caught with heroin, co­caine, mar­i­juana and phen­cy­cli­dine — also known as “an­gel dust” and PCP — dur­ing an Elk­ton mo­tel raid in Jan­uary re­ceived a 14-year prison term Fri­day.

Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested Ja­mar John­son Wright, 37, of Wilm­ing­ton, Del., on Jan. 26 dur­ing a raid of Room 434 at the Knights Inn Elk­ton at 262 Belle Hill Road, where searchers con­fis­cated 289 bag­gies of heroin, more than a half-pound of mar­i­juana, five grams of co­caine and one ounce of PCP, pros­e­cu­tors said.

In ad­di­tion, pros­e­cu­tors added, in­ves­ti­ga­tors also seized $2,084 in cash found in Wright’s mo­tel room.

A day af­ter the foray, Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman, ex­plained that the raid of Room 434 was pred­i­cated on in­for­ma­tion gath­ered dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that had started ear-

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lier that month, af­ter EPD de­tec­tives had re­ceived tips that “il­le­gal drug sales” had been oc­cur­ring there.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge Brenda A. Sex­ton im­posed a 14-year sen­tence on Wright dur­ing Fri­day’s hear­ing. In July, as part of a plea deal, Wright had pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and, in ex­change, pros­e­cu­tors dropped sev­eral re­lated charges.

The sen­tence matched a rec­om­men­da­tion made by As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Perry J. Sea­man, who had sought 14 years of ac­tive in­car­cer­a­tion for Wright.

Wright will serve his 14year term in a Mary­land Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions prison.

His de­fense lawyer, John W. Gil­ley, of Tow­son, had rec­om­mended a penalty at the bot­tom of state sen­tenc­ing guide­lines, which set a range of seven to 14 years of ac­tive in­car­cer­a­tion. State sen­tenc­ing guide­lines are based on a de­fen­dant’s crim­i­nal record and other fac­tors.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EPD

This photo shows heroin, co­caine, mar­i­juana, PCP and cash con­fis­cated dur­ing a guest room raid at an Elk­ton mo­tel in Jan­uary. The man ar­rested and charged re­ceived a 14-year prison term Fri­day.

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