Man gets 14 years in Elkton drug case
— 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-
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.
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.