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Convicted murderer, woman charged following cocaine bust in Hagerstown

Search by Narcotics Task Force agents followed weeks-long investigation

man arrested had been convicted in 1991 Baltimore slaying

March 06, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Philip Levar Bailey
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HAGERSTOWN — The Washington County Narcotics Task Force Monday arrested two Hagerstown residents, including a convicted murderer, on drug-trafficking charges.

Phillip Levar Bailey, 52, of 867 Virginia Ave., was charged with three counts each of distribution of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, along with single counts of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of controlled paraphernalia, according to court records.

Bailey’s criminal record includes a 1991 conviction for second-degree murder in Baltimore for which he received a 30-year prison sentence, according a statement of probable cause filed by the task force.

Also arrested was Sandy Kay Mills, 44, of the same address.

She was charged with one count each of maintaining a common nuisance, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled paraphernalia, a task force news release said.

Confidential informants had been used to make purchases of crack cocaine from Bailey on Feb. 20, Feb. 28 and Monday, the charging documents said.

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The informants were equipped with electronic-monitoring devices, the documents said.

A search of the house resulted in police finding an undisclosed quantity of crack cocaine, a pipe, and some cash used to buy cocaine and syringes, the documents said.

“I’m not a risk to run,” Bailey told District Court Judge Mark D. Thomas via closed-circuit television from the Washington County Detention Center during his bail-review hearing on Tuesday.

Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael told the judge that, despite the homicide conviction, Bailey had been cooperative at the time of his arrest. Thomas kept Bailey’s bond at $150,000.

A Washington County District Court commissioner had set Mills’ bond at  $30,000, a figure Thomas left unchanged during her bail review hearing.

Bailey and Mills are scheduled for preliminary hearings on April 3, court records said.

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