Drug dealer re­ceives 30-month sen­tence

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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.

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