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Judge sentences eight indicted after Boonsboro drug probe

September 21, 2010|By DON AINES

Eight people indicted in June following an investigation of drug activity in the Boonsboro area were sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to state prison or local jail sentences.

The longest sentences went to two Boonsboro men -- Tyler James Mellott, 19, of 19649 Shepherdstown Pike, and Anthony Wayne Bolyard Jr., 24, of 6412 Old National Pike. Mellott pleaded guilty to distribution of Oxycodone and distribution of OxyContin and Bolyard pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of Oxycodone, according to court records.

Judge John H. McDowell sentenced both men to 12 years in prison, suspending eight years, according to court documents.

In exchange for the plea agreement, charges against Mellott of distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of OxyContin, criminal conspiracy to distribute OxyContin and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed, according to court documents.

Charges of hiring a minor to distribute narcotics, criminal conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, possession of Oxycodone, distribution of cocaine, distribution of marijuana, distribution of fake narcotics, possession of fake narcotics, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed in exchange for Bolyard's plea agreement, according to court records.

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A grand jury indicted more than a dozen people in June in connection with drug trafficking in the Boonsboro area, according to court documents. The arrests were the culmination of a three-month investigation by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, Robert Veil, the task force's supervising attorney, said recently.

McDowell and Long also sentenced the following people charged in the Boonsboro investigation.

o Kaelea Claire Gagnon, 18, of 304 S. Antietam St. in Funkstown, pleaded guilty to distribution of Oxycodone and was sentenced by Long to five years in prison with four years suspended and one year to be served in the Washington County Detention Center. Charges of possession of Oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed, Veil said.

o Benjamin Anthony Nicolao, 19 of 213 Della Lane in Boonsboro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and was sentenced by Long five years in state prison with four years suspended and one year to be served in the detention center. Charges of distributing marijuana, conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, possession of Oxycodone and possession of marijuana were dismissed, Veil said.

o Jacob Andrew Miller, 19, of 21109 Reno Monument Road in Boonsboro, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute OxyContin and was sentenced by Long to five years in state prison with four years suspended and one year to be served in the detention center. Charges of distributing OxyContin, possession of OxyContin, distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana were dismissed in exchange for the plea agreement, Veil said.

o Jesse Lee Remsburg Jr., 19, of 217 W. High St. in Sharpsburg, pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana and was sentenced by Long to three years in prison with two years suspended and one year to be served in the detention center. A charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed, Veil said.

o Britton Foulke Buckham, 23, of 304 S. Antietam St. in Funkstown, pleaded guilty to distribution of marijuana and was sentenced by McDowell to three years in prison with 2 1/2 years suspended and six months to be served in the detention center, according to court records. Charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed, according to court records.

o Joel Nicholas Exline, 18, of 119 W. Chapline St. in Sharpsburg, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was placed on probation before judgment and six months' probation by McDowell. Charges of distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed, according to court records.

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