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Hagerstown man gets 21 years in drug case

April 21, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN-A Hagerstown man will spend the next 21 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in a February 2006 incident in which $4,250, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and a handgun were seen in front of a Hagerstown home, according to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office.

Michael McElfish, 30, was sentenced to 21 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release on Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett in Baltimore after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to the release.

McElfish, who lived with his sister in Hagerstown, left the house after the two had an argument on Feb. 11, 2006, according to the release. At some point, he demanded that his sister give him a safe that he kept in his bedroom, according to the release.

As the safe was being brought out of the house to McElfish, it was dropped and the door to the safe opened, revealing drugs, money, a handgun, a knife and a digital scale, according to the release.

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While McElfish was waiting for a friend to give him a ride, a bystander saw the gun and called police, according to the release. When police arrived, McElfish took the safe and sped away in his friend's car, according to the release.

Officers arrested McElfish after the car crashed into a wall, according to the release. The money, almost 500 grams of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, a knife with cocaine residue on it and the scale were found in the safe, according to the release.

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