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Hagerstown man sentenced to 20 years in prison for fourth drug conviction

Shamar Tahi Anderson will not be eligible for parole until he has served the first 10 years of his sentence for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine

January 20, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man with three previous felony drug convictions was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a fourth conviction last week in Washington County Circuit Court.

Judge Dana Moylan Wright told Shamar Tahi Anderson on Thursday that he will not be eligible for parole until he has served the first 10 years of his sentence for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Anderson, 33, of 241 Prospect St., was scheduled for a jury trial Thursday, but entered into a plea agreement after a bench conference.

On Aug. 2, 2012, two people referred to as “sources of information” were used to contact Anderson about purchasing $200 worth of crack cocaine, the statement of probable cause said. The people said they purchased cocaine from Anderson, whom they knew as “Biggie,” about 20 times over two months, the document said.

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One of the people called Anderson and arranged to meet him near a bench in City Park, the charging document said. When Anderson arrived in a car in which he was the passenger, task force agents arrested him, the document said.

Anderson had seven packets of crack cocaine on him, the charging document said. A cellphone seized from Anderson had the phone number of the person who contacted him and several “drug-related text messages,” the document said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Viki Pauler told Wright during sentencing that Anderson had three previous drug-trafficking felony convictions — two in Maryland and one in New York.

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