Man, 26, gets five years in Elk­ton ‘crack’ co­caine case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

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