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Martinsburg man to server 10 years for possession with intent to distribute

June 15, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md. — A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Martinsburg, W.Va., man to serve 10 years in prison for his conviction on two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Lawrence Robert Hicks, 42, will spend three years on supervised probation following his release from prison, according to a news release from Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

A Maryland State Police traffic stop of Hicks in Frederick County on Sept. 20, 2011, resulted in 10 grams of cocaine being found in his vehicle, the release said.

Hicks told police he had been traveling to Germantown, Md., twice a week to buy cocaine from a person he knew as “Kevin,” the release said. Hicks told police he would then sell the cocaine in Martinsburg.

Hicks was released from custody. On Oct. 22, 2011, police saw him driving the same vehicle in Germantown and then followed him to Clarksburg, the release said.

When the vehicle was stopped, police found another 10 grams of cocaine that he intended to sell in Martinsburg, the release said.

Hicks pleaded guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Jan. 12, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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