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Sentences handed down in three drug cases

April 15, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- Plea agreements Tuesday in three unrelated drug cases in Washington County Circuit Court resulted in prison sentences for those convicted of possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of cocaine and possession of fake crack cocaine.

o Teresa Lynn Layman, 44, of 38 Fairground Ave., Apt. 2, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered an additional three years of supervised probation for Layman.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force on Oct. 1, 2009, searched Layman's apartment, according to the statement of facts read in court Tuesday by Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler. Among the items found during the search were 71 plastic syringes, pill bottles containing Suboxone and Alprazolam, a digital scale, plastic bags and cut plastic straws containing suspected heroin residue, and a digital camera that contained an image of a man with a syringe in his arm, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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Long gave Layman credit for 193 days served since her arrest.

In exchange for the plea, Pauler said the state was dismissing three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana, and one count each of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of packaging materials for distribution of controlled dangerous substances, operating a common nuisance for the distribution of controlled dangerous substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment for administering controlled dangerous substances.

o Nicholas James Hall, 19, of 607 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg, W.Va., was sentenced by Long to eight years in prison with all but four years suspended after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

Hall participated in the sale of $100 worth of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in a Hagerstown parking lot on Oct. 8, 2009, according to the statement of facts read by Pauler.

Long gave Hall credit for 186 days served since his arrest.

In exchange for the plea, Pauler said the state was dismissing one count each of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

o Roy Lee Easterling III, 43, of 160 W. Washington St., Apt. 1, was sentenced by Long to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty to possession of fake crack cocaine.

The fake crack cocaine was delivered to a confidential informant by a man who had gone into the Elks Lodge 278 at 326 N. Jonathan St., according to the statement of facts read by Pauler. The man told police he got the fake drugs from Easterling, she said.

Easterling was found to be in possession of $40 in marked bills the informant had used to buy the fake narcotics, as well as another packet of the substance, Pauler said. A field test identified the substance as cocaine, but a later test showed it was not, she said.

In exchange for the plea, Pauler said the state was dismissing charges of distribution of narcotics, criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, possession of narcotics-not marijuana, possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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