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Man enters a guilty plea to common nuisance charge

August 07, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man originally accused of holding a gambling operation on North Jonathan Street entered a guilty plea Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of cocaine.

After accepting the plea, Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Norman Lee Jacobs, 41, of 308 N. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown. At sentencing, Jacobs could face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $25,000 fine for the felony charge.

According to charging documents, agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force began investigating Jacobs in July 2002.

A deputy state fire marshal who worked at 12 North Jonathan Street called an NTF agent after a man introduced himself as "Babyrock" and invited the fire marshal into his establishment at 16 N. Jonathan St., the court papers said.

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Police alleged the fire marshal told the NTF agent he saw a craps table inside, which prompted police to begin covert surveillance of the place.

"Babyrock" would turn out to be Jacobs, police said in the court papers, and agents then used confidential informants to buy crack cocaine inside 16 N. Jonathan St., which Jacobs allegedly was renting at the time.

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