Six months dealt for mar­i­juana dis­tri­bu­tion con­spir­acy

Lusby res­i­dent will con­tinue treat­ment

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecDANDAN

A Lusby man was given a six­month sus­pended sen­tence Fri­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a mar­i­juana dis­tri­bu­tion con­spir­acy con­vic­tion.

Wil­liam Deon­trea Foote, 36, was dealt a three-year sen­tence with all but six months sus­pended after he pleaded guilty in Septem­ber to con­spir­ing with oth­ers to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana. Foote is au­tho­rized to work and con­tinue his treat­ment at Carol M. Porto Treat­ment Cen­ter in Prince Fred­er­ick while serv­ing his six-month sen­tence. Upon his re­lease, Foote will be placed un­der five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

The other two charges against Foote are dis­missed as part of the plea deal. Foote had a prior con­vic­tion of con­spir­ing with oth­ers to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana in 2013 for which he was given three years in jail with all but two months and 29 days sus­pended. He was placed un­der three years of un­su­per­vised pro­ba­tion for that con­vic­tion.

“Good luck, sir,” Calvert Cir­cuit Judge Mar­jorie Clagett told Foote. “I hope this changes your life, and we won’t see you again.”

Foote came to po­lice at­ten­tion Feb. 23 when Dfc. Jef­frey Den­ton of the sher­iff’s of­fice no­ticed Foote’s 2011 gray Ford Es­cape hav­ing tint­ing ma­te­rial on all of its win­dows.

The “ma­te­rial was so dark [that] I was un­able to iden­tify any de­scrip­tion of the oc­cu­pants,” Den­ton wrote in the po­lice re­port. When con­duct­ing a traf­fic stop, Den­ton saw Foote’s “hands to be shak­ing as if he was ner­vous,” the deputy said.

Later, po­lice found six small bags con­tain­ing a to­tal of 19 grams of mar­i­juana.

The of­fi­cer wrote in the re­port that drug deal­ers usu­ally pack­age the drugs in in­di­vid­ual bags, weighed at a pre­de­ter­mined amount for easy dis­tri­bu­tion.

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