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Two men sentenced in drug-trafficking case

June 07, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- Two Hagerstown men were sentenced last week in Washington County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to related drug-trafficking charges, according to court records.

James Andre Frye, 34, of 120-B Mount Valla Ave., was sentenced Thursday by Judge Donald E. Beachley to 15 years in prison with nine years suspended. Frye will be on probation for four years after his release from prison, Beachley ordered.

Woody Jacob Kline, 53, of 10547 Rock Bottom Lane, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute, according to court records. He was sentenced by Beachley to an eight-year suspended state prison sentence, court records said.

Kline was ordered by Beachley to enter a drug treatment program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to court records.

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Frye asked for leniency, saying he was seriously injured in an attack during a previous state prison sentence. Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison said Frye has five children to support and was out of work when the crime took place.

"You could find a lot better fathers," Beachley said. "A lot of people are down on their luck in this economy, but they aren't out dealing drugs."

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force received a tip in January that Frye was obtaining cocaine from Kline and reselling the drugs, the statement of probable cause said. On Jan. 26, a task force confidential informant was used to arrange a drug purchase through Frye while wearing an electronic monitoring device, the statement said.

The informant picked up Frye at his house and drove to Kline's Rock Bottom Lane home, the statement of probable cause said. The informant gave Frye $100 in task force money that Frye used to buy cocaine, the statement said.

The informant arranged to make another purchase from Kline through Frye on Feb. 3, meeting Kline in the parking lot of Shiloh Church on Shiloh Church Road, the statement of probable cause said. Frye told the informant to follow him in Kline's car, the statement said.

Task force agents followed Kline and attempted to pull him over using a blocking maneuver with their vehicles, the statement of probable cause said.

Kline accelerated east on Old Forge Road, throwing cash, drugs and a cell phone battery out of the car, the statement of probable cause said. Agents were able to find the items tossed from the car, the statement said.

In exchange for Frye's plea, related charges were dismissed, according to court records. Those charges were two counts of possession of narcotics, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, and one count each of attempted distribution of narcotics, conspiracy to possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

In exchange for Kline's guilty plea, charges of distribution of narcotics, criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, attempted distribution of narcotics, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, possession with intent to distribute narcotics and two counts of possession of narcotics were dismissed, court records said.

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