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Drug case against District Heights man put on inactive docket

James Carroll Midgette was forced to forfeit thousands of dollars

July 02, 2010|By DON AINES

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- James Carroll Midgette had a drug case against him placed on the inactive docket Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, but he was made to forfeit thousands of dollars, some of which was falling out of his pockets the day he was arrested.

Midgette, 32, of District Heights, Md., was taken into custody Oct. 15, 2009, at a house on Medway Road after a standoff with police. Roger L. Prophet, 36, also of District Heights, was arrested in the same incident.

Midgette faced two counts of possession of packaging materials for controlled dangerous substances and single counts of maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of controlled dangerous substances, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of PCP, possession of esctasy, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft less than $1,000, possession of firearms and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, according to court records.

An officer at the Washington County Detention Center said Midgette was being held there on probation and parole violations for other convictions.

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Prophet had been the focus of an investigation by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force for about two weeks before his arrest. On Oct. 15, Prophet parked a Lincoln Navigator on Park Place and Hagerstown Police attempted to take him into custody, according to the statement of probable cause in the case. Prophet and an unknown man in the vehicle fled from police to the Medway Road residence, the statement said.

The Washington County Special Response Team was called, and Prophet and the other man, later identified as Midgette, surrendered after about 45 minutes, records show.

As Midgette walked out of the house to surrender to police, "currency was seen falling out of his pockets," according to the statement. Police found $13,247 in Midgette's pockets, records show.

Another $727 was found on Prophet and a smaller amount of cash was found in the house, bringing the total to be forfieted to $14,089, said Robert Veil, the supervising state's attorney for the task force.

Prophet was convicted by a jury in April of all 15 charges he faced, including several felony drug and weapons charges. He is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday, Veil said.

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