Drug dealer receives 30-month sentence
CENTREVILLE — A Grasonville man pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute on July 31 in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Brian Labar Taylor, 31, pleaded guilty to possession of Clonazepam, a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance, as a subsequent offender. In return for the plea, Queen Anne’s County Deputy State’s Attorney Christine Dulla Rickard dropped several lesser charges stemming from the same March 22 traffic stop. Taylor was represented by Shannon McClellan from the Public Defender’s Office.
Taylor was the front-seat passenger of a vehicle stopped March 22 by Dfc. R. Davidson of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. Davidson discovered Taylor had an open warrant out for his arrest. Search incident to the arrest revealed that Taylor was in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, approximately half of a gram of cocaine (Schedule II controlled dangerous substance), three methamphetamine tablets (Schedule II controlled dangerous substance), and 21 tablets of Clonazepam (Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance), police said. The drugs were located in a knotted plastic baggie on Taylor’s person. Taylor also was in possession of additional plastic baggies.
The presence of these baggies, the number of pills, and the method of their packaging are all indicia of possession with intent to distribute, according to Rickard.
After Taylor entered his plea, Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross sentenced him to 30 months of incarceration at the Division of Corrections. This plea violated Taylor’s probation for his convictions of second-degree assault and possession with intent to distribute, cocaine. He received seven years of incarceration for his violation of probation to be served consecutively to the 30 months in the instant case.
Taylor’s record also includes a 2005 conviction for reckless endangerment and handgun on person, a 2007 conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, a 2007 conviction for criminal impersonation, a 2008 conviction for driving without a license, and a 2010 conviction for second degree assault and failure to obey a lawful police order.