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Man sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug charges

July 11, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Mount Airy, Md., man with several drug-related convictions was sentenced last week in Washington County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for his most recent conviction.

Anthony Darnell Oram, 48, of 3745 Old Mill Bottom Road, was convicted of distribution of cocaine, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia in an April 12 jury trial. Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Oram to 20 years for distribution and another five years on the conspiracy conviction.

Oram had a lengthy criminal history that included six previous drug-related convictions in Carroll County, said Robert Veil, supervising attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. Because of the earlier drug convictions, Oram will have to serve at least 10 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Veil said.

Oram sold crack cocaine to an undercover task force agent Dec. 15, 2010, according to the statement of probable cause. The agent contacted Oram by cell phone and they later met outside a convenience store on Salem Avenue, the document said.

Oram got into the agent’s vehicle with a woman and told the agent to drive a few blocks down Salem Avenue and park, the charging document said. Oram got out of the vehicle and gave the cocaine to the woman, who gave the agent the drugs in exchange for $400, the charging document said.

Oram tried to get rid of the money as he was being arrested, but $300 in recorded bills were found in a garbage can and the remaining $100 in the same area, the charging document said.

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