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Mt. Airy man faces at least 10 years after conviction for crack cocaine distribution

Sentencing for Anthony Darnell Oram deferred until a presentence investigation is completed

April 13, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Mt. Airy man faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison after a Washington County Circuit Court jury this week convicted him of distribution of crack cocaine.

Anthony Darnell Oram, 48, of 3745 Old Mill Bottom Road, was convicted Tuesday of distribution of crack cocaine, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

Sentencing for Oram was deferred until a presentence investigation is completed, said Robert Veil, the supervising prosecutor for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. Because of his cocaine distribution convictions in the late 1990s in Carroll County, Oram faces at least 10 years in prison, Veil said.

Oram was convicted of selling $400 worth of cocaine to Bryan Glines, an undercover agent with the task force, on Dec. 15, 2010. Glines testified he had called Oram and arranged to buy a quarter of an ounce of crack cocaine for $400.

Oram and a woman met him at the 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue in Hagerstown, Glines testified. Oram and the woman got into Glines' vehicle, and Oram told him to drive to a nearby tavern, where the sale took place in the parking lot, he testified.

Oram got out and was standing next to Glines' vehicle when the purchase was made and tossed the cocaine into the lap of the woman, Glines testified.

Oram was arrested shortly after the sale, Glines testified. The $400 in marked bills used to buy the cocaine were found in a trash can near where Oram was taken into custody, according to the application for statement of charges.

Glines testified he was wearing an audio electronic monitor during the transaction.

"As an undercover (agent), I don't feel comfortable wearing a video device," Glines testified in response to a question by defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II as to why there was no video surveillance.

The buy money and the drug packaging were not tested for fingerprints, Glines testified during cross-examination by Semler.

Oram also faces another pending drug distribution charge, Veil said. He allegedly sold cocaine to a confidential informant on two occasions in November 2010, according to the charging documents.

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