Man, 26, gets five years in Elkton ‘crack’ cocaine case
ELKTON — A man caught with three-quarters of an ounce of “crack” cocaine in Elkton has received a five-year prison term, according to court records.
Cecil County Circuit Court Judge Jane Cairns Murray imposed a 15-year sentence on the defendant, Anthony Minter, 26, of the 100 block of East Village Road near Elkton, on Friday and then suspended 10 years of it, court records show.
On June 9, Minter had pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, as part of a plea deal.
Murray also ordered Minter to serve five years of supervised probation after completing his five-year term in a Maryland Department of Corrections prison.
Assistant State’s Attorney Perry J. Seaman had sought eight years of active incarceration for Minter, specifically recommending a 15-year sentence with seven years of it suspended. Seaman’s recommendation was at the top of state sentencing guidelines, which set a penalty range of three to eight years of active incarceration for Minter. State sentencing guidelines are based on a defendant’s criminal record and other factors.
Elkton Police Department officers arrested Minter about 6 p.m. on May 12, after seeing him walking in the unit block of the Hollingsworth Manor neighborhood and realizing that he was wanted on an unrelated outstanding warrant, police reported.
After officers took him into custody, Minter confessed that he possessed an illegal drug, according to police.
Investigators found a plastic bag containing 21 grams of crack cocaine and confiscated it, police said. They also seized $298 and two cellphones from Minter, police added.