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Woman gets prison time for cocaine possession, violating probation

Jennifer Renee Farris also faces as much as 35 months in prison for violating parole

September 10, 2010|By DON AINES

A Hagerstown woman was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve time in prison in two drug cases and for violating probation in a third case.

Jennifer Renee Farris, 33, of 12 Snyder Ave., entered guilty pleas to possession of cocaine in 2006 and 2010 cases before Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. She was given concurrent sentences of one year and one day in prison in those cases.

McDowell ordered Farris to first serve a six-year sentence for violating probation on a 2003 conviction for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

Defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II told McDowell that Farris also faces as much as 35 months in prison for violating parole in the 2003 case.

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On March 10, 2006, a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant purchased crack cocaine from a man in the parking lot of the Food Lion on East Wilson Boulevard, according to the application for statement of charges in the case. The cocaine was brought to the parking lot by a woman driving a maroon Nissan Maxima, who later was identified as Farris, documents show.

Farris was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, the statement of charges said.

On May 3, an agent with the narcotics task force received a tip that Farris would be a passenger in a car that was going to be arriving at an address on Sherman Avenue, according to the application for statement of charges in the case.

When Farris was taken into custody, agents said she asked if she could give her cell phone to the driver of the car, the application said. Agents said the cell phone turned out to be a digital scale with cocaine residue on it, the application said.

She was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the statement of charges.

In exchange for her guilty pleas to possession of cocaine, all other charges were dismissed, court records said.

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