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Hagerstown man gets five years after being arrested with 100 pounds of marijuana

Sean Clark Andrews was sentenced from the bench

January 26, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A Washington County judge Thursday sentenced a Hagerstown man to five years in prison after he was arrested last summer for possession of more than 100 pounds of marijuana and nearly $300,000 in cash.

Sean Clark Andrews, 21, of 1116 Sherman Ave. pleaded guilty in November to possession of a large quantity of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Andrews to five years in prison on the large marijuana possession charge and suspended a consecutive, five-year term on the other charge, according to court records.

The sentencing was conducted at the bench and could not be heard in the Hagerstown courtroom.

Another man charged in the case, John Richard Titus, 26, of Williamsport, was sentenced in November to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a large amount of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and possession of a firearm in  connection with a drug-trafficking crime, court records said.

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Andrews and Titus were arrested Aug. 11 following a two-month investigation, a Washington County Narcotics Task Force agent told Judge Daniel Dwyer at Titus’ sentencing. That day, the two men left Andrews’ house carrying bags and backpacks, got into a car and drove off, charging documents said.

About 25 pounds of marijuana was found in the car, and Titus had $4,500 in cash on him, the documents said. A search of the Sherman Avenue house uncovered 93 pounds of marijuana and $282,920 in cash, the documents said.

Although court documents listed Titus as having a Williamsport address, a task force agent told the court at his sentencing that he apparently lived in the Sherman Avenue house in the months before his arrest.

Investigators also found three handguns — one of which had been reported stolen — a pair of stun guns and dozens of pills, including Oxycodone, morphine and Suboxone, the documents said.

At the time of Titus’ sentencing, Robert Veil, the supervising state’s attorney for the task force, said the seized cash would be forfeited to the county.

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