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Hagerstown man sentenced to five years in prison for selling crack

April 22, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to five years in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of crack cocaine.

Tony Barnhill, 49, of 32 Summit Ave., Apt. 3, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley.

In exchange for the guilty plea, charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia against Barnhill were dropped, and a maximum of 10 years was allowed for his sentence, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said.

Barnhill was charged with selling $50 worth of crack cocaine to a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant and receiving an additional $50 for acquiring the drug, according to the statement of probable cause.

The statement said the confidential informant contacted Barnhill on Antietam Street in Hagerstown on Dec. 21, 2009, and Barnhill agreed to get crack cocaine for the informant. The informant agreed to meet Barnhill later, then reported to the task force, the statement said.

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The informant was given $100 in marked bills and an electronic monitoring device, the statement of probable cause said. The informant picked up Barnhill on Governor Lane Boulevard near Williamsport, and while they were driving, the drug purchase was completed, the statement read.

Barnhill was taken into custody outside the Sheetz convenience store on Virginia Avenue, where he tried to get rid of the marked bills by throwing them in a trash can, according to the statement.

Barnhill has a criminal record dating to the 1980s in Maryland and Florida, Pauler said during the sentencing.

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