Man sentenced to two years for possession of marijuana

A subsequent offender notice filed in the case allowed for the doubling of the maximum sentence

February 04, 2011|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man convicted Thursday by a Washington County Circuit Court jury of possession of marijuana was sentenced to two years in prison.

But Carlos Joel Flores Rios, 23, of 238 N. Locust St., was found not guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

Hagerstown police and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at Rios' home on July 26, 2010, finding several bags of packaged marijuana in the kitchen and more in an upstairs bedroom, according to the application for statements of charges.

Police found documents with Rios' name on them that indicated he lived at the address, as well as documents for another person, the charging documents said.

No one was home at the time the house was searched, the documents said.

Possession of marijuana normally carries a one-year maximum sentence, but prosecutors filed a subsequent offender notice in the case, court records said. That notice allowed for the doubling of the maximum sentence by Circuit Judge Kenneth Long Jr., under state law.

Rios had been convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana in 2009 and received an 18-month sentence, court records said.

Rios is scheduled for a violation of probation hearing on the 2009 conviction on Feb. 14, court records said.

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