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Ex-Hagerstown tavern operator pleads guilty to drug charge

September 10, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A woman who used to operate The Waterin' Hole Tavern on East Baltimore Street pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, which is a misdemeanor offense that carries felony penalties.

Therisa Jo Lamp, 41, no address available, will not serve any time. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with that sentenced suspended.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III ordered Lamp to serve three years of unsupervised probation.

Washington County liquor board officials in May revoked Lamp's liquor license. She has appealed that decision, according to online court records.

An informant allegedly purchased crack cocaine from Lamp at the bar on Feb. 8, Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack said Tuesday in court.

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Informants bought crack again from patrons at the bar on Feb. 18 and April 3, a member of the Narcotics Task Force alleged during the liquor board hearing.

After her license was revoked, Lamp lost her business, defense attorney Edward Button said Tuesday. She is now working at a convenience store, he said.

"If you violate probation, I have no choice but to sentence you to the women's prison in Jessup," Boone told Lamp.

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