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Inmate gets more time on drug charges

July 02, 2010|By DON AINES

A Temple Hills, Md., man serving time for an armed robbery in Hagerstown was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to more time in prison after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Anthony Renard Blackwell Jr., 24, of 2422 Iverson St., pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. to 15 years in prison, with seven of those years suspended.

Long ordered the sentence to run concurrently with the 7 1/2-year sentence Blackwell is serving for the armed robbery. He pleaded guilty to that charge Jan. 26.

Blackwell was charged with shooting Christopher S. Lee in the leg on Sept. 20, 2009, then stealing $150 from him, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown Police. Lee was in an apartment in the 600 block of North Prospect Street when a man came in the door and shot him, records show.

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Lee identified Blackwell as the shooter, and on Sept. 22, 2009, police raided an apartment in the 400 block of North Potomac Street with an arrest warrant for Blackwell.

In the apartment where Blackwell was found, police discovered 11 vials of PCP, crack cocaine hidden in the ceiling, and marijuana, bullets, crack cocaine and digital scales hidden in a toilet tank, the application said. Other drug paraphernalia was found in different places in the apartment, records show.

Blackwell's attorney, Arthur Reynolds, told Long his client had been staying at the apartment, but it was rented by someone else. He noted police obtained the search warrant for the apartment after picking up Blackwell on the warrant for the robbery.

Other charges against Blackwell related to the search were to be dismissed, said Robert Veil, the supervising assistant state's attorney for the Washington County Drug Task Force. Those charges were possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of PCP, maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of narcotics and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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