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Hagerstown man gets 11 years for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

June 09, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Edward Duke Barlow, 47, of 202 E. Franklin St. was sentenced to 20 years in prison with nine years suspended, according to court records. Upon his release, he will be on probation for three years, the court records said.

Charges of distribution of narcotics, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed in exchange for the plea agreement, the records said.

Robert Veil, the supervising attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, said after the sentencing that Barlow had a prior narcotics distribution conviction.

Barlow's co-defendant, Tyrone Copeland, 22, of 313 Apt. A, Jonathan St., also pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to eight years in prison with five years suspended, court records said.

A narcotics informant arranged to purchase cocaine from Barlow and Copeland on Feb. 16, 2011, according to the statement of probable cause. The sale took place in the parking lot of a liquor store on the first block of West Church Street, the charging documents said.

A sport utility vehicle pulled into the lot near the informant's vehicle, and Copeland got the crack cocaine from someone in the SUV, the documents said. Copeland handed Barlow the cocaine, which he then handed to the defendant, the documents said.

The man in the other vehicle was also arrested and charged, but the charges were dismissed in April, court records said.

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