Guilty plea en­tered for mar­i­juana dis­tri­bu­tion case

Lusby man faces up to five years in prison

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

A Lusby man pleaded guilty Mon­day to con­spir­ing with oth­ers to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana af­ter po­lice found six plas­tic bags of mar­i­juana in his car dur­ing a Fe­bru­ary traf­fic stop.

The other two charges against William Deon­trea Foote, 36, will be dis­missed as part of the plea deal. Foote faces up to five years in prison for the con­spir­acy charge. 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.

Foote came to po­lice at­ten­tion Feb. 23 when Dfc. Jef­frey Den­ton no­ticed Foote’s 2011 gray Ford Es­cape hav­ing tint­ing ma- terial 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.

Foote’s sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Oct. 26.

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