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Clear Spring man charged with receiving meth through mail

Danny Lee Spears Sr. was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia

April 18, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

The Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed paperwork with Washington County Circuit Court to try a Clear Spring man charged with receiving methamphetamine through the mail.

Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth A. Camuti-Carranza said Wednesday that the paperwork filed Tuesday formally transferred the case of Danny Lee Spears Sr., 49, of 13645 Dry Run Road in Clear Spring, from Washington County District Court to the Circuit Court.

Spears was arrested on Feb. 22, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said in court documents.

Spears was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Conviction on all counts would carry a maximum punishment of nine years in prison and $40,500 in fines.
Camuti-Carranza said a trial date had not been set.

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The statement of probable cause filed in District Court alleges that Spears was arrested after he accepted a package containing 16.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine at the U.S. Post Office in Clear Spring.
Narcotics agents said they learned Feb. 21 that Spears was to receive the package. That same day, a postal inspector tracked the package to the Clear Spring Post Office and confiscated it.

Authorities determined the package had been sent on Feb. 19 via Express Mail from an out-of-state address, according to the statement of probable cause. The mailing cost for the 5-ounce package was $19.95.

The postal inspector took the package to the Montgomery County Police Department, where a K-9 gave a positive alert for a controlled dangerous substance.

The postal inspector then obtained a federal search and seizure warrant to inspect the package, according to the statement of probable cause. Police said the package was returned to the Clear Spring Post Office and opened. Officers allege they found a newspaper folded over a knotted bag “containing a crystalline substance.”

“The substance was then field tested and did give a positive test for the presence of methamphetamine,” the statement of probable cause said.

Police said Spears went to the Clear Spring Post Office three times on Feb. 21 to check the delivery status of the package. He was told by a postal employee that the package was in Baltimore and would arrive the next day.

On Feb. 22, the postal inspector posed as a clerk at the Clear Spring Post Office and called Spears, telling him the package had arrived. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Spears pulled up in a pickup truck and claimed the package, which had been re-sealed.

“Spears (asked) for a form to get a refund since the Express Mail package did not come in the guaranteed time, he then (exited) the Post Office,” the statement of probable cause says.

Spears was arrested when he left the post office and the pickup was searched, court documents say.

Authorities allege the search turned up a “white screw top container containing a white crystalline substance, a red rag containing a glass smoking device with burnt residue, a red cloth bag containing three plastic bags, a glass tube ... and a black gas burner.”

That same night, the Washington County Special Response Team executed a search and seizure warrant at Spears’ home.

Police said they seized hypodermic syringes and other items.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system, according to a drug sheet from the Department of Justice. It can be smoked, injected, or snorted, the website says.

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