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Hagerstown woman sentenced for drug distribution, neglect of minor

Other drug-related charges against Kelly Lynn Cruz were dismissed in exchange for plea

May 15, 2013

A Hagerstown woman was sentenced this week in Washington County Circuit Court to six years in prison — three for distribution of cocaine and three more for neglect of a minor, according to court records.

Kelly Lynn Cruz, 38, formerly of 139 High St., entered the pleas in separate cases Tuesday before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, court records said. In exchange for the plea, other drug-related charges in the two cases were dismissed, court records said.

On Oct. 9, 2012, and again on Nov. 27, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force used a confidential informant to make $200 purchases of crack cocaine from Cruz at her home, according to the application for statement of charges.

Two small children were in the house at the time of the November drug buy, the charging document said.

Cruz was not arrested on those charges until Jan. 1, 2013, the charging document said.

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On Feb. 20, a Hagerstown police officer went to Cruz’s home for a noise complaint and smelled marijuana when a man opened the door, the charging document said. Task force agents obtained a search warrant and returned a week later to search the house, the document said.

There were two juveniles in the house at the time of the search, one a teenager, according to the charging document. The search turned up cocaine, marijuana, amphetamine tablets, pipes and other paraphernalia, the document said.

Beachley sentenced Cruz to seven years on the distribution charge, suspending all but three years. The neglect of a minor sentence was to run consecutive to the drug sentence, court records said.

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