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Hagerstown man sentenced for possession of cocaine

Devin Shaleek Dickerson got six years in prison on the drug charge and another four for probation violation

January 14, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man convicted on a charge of possession of cocaine was sentenced this week to six years in prison for that and another four years for violating probation on 2008 drug distribution and drug possession convictions.

A jury found Devin Shaleek Dickerson, 22, of 1730 Edgewood Drive, guilty on the possession charge on Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.

The jury acquitted Dickerson on the more serious charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, as well as resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia, the court records said.

On Thursday, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. imposed a sentence on the new conviction. Long also ordered Dickerson to serve the remainder of a six-year sentence imposed two years ago.

On the night of June 3, 2010, Hagerstown police officers spotted Dickerson, who had two outstanding warrants, on Park Place, according to the statement of probable cause.

Dickerson ran when the police told him he was under arrest, and officers saw him throw a plastic bag to the ground, the charging documents said.

The plastic bag contained several individual packets of suspected crack and powder cocaine, the documents said. A crime laboratory technician testified Tuesday that the substances tested positive for cocaine.

Dickerson was taken into custody on West North Avenue, the documents said.

Dickerson was arrested for distribution  of cocaine and possession of cocaine in separate incidents in 2007, court records said. He pleaded guilty to those charges in 2008 and was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison, the  records said.

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