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Hagerstown man gets 9 years for distribution of cocaine

Charles William Hull II entered his plea a week after his son, Corey James Diehl, was sentenced on a related charge of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics

May 29, 2013

A Hagerstown man who was arrested with his son earlier this year on charges of selling heroin and cocaine was sentenced to nine years in prison after entering a plea agreement this week in Washington County Circuit Court.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Tuesday sentenced Charles William Hull II, 41, formerly of 125 E. Washington St., to 20 years in prison and suspended all but nine years after he pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine, court records said.

Hull entered his plea a week after his son, Corey James Diehl, 23, formerly of 1005 H. Noland Drive, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in district court to a related charge of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, according to court records.

Both were arrested as a result of a controlled purchase of heroin by a narcotics informer, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

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On the evening of Feb. 7, the informant placed a cellphone call to Hull and later received a call from Diehl, the charging document said. The informant arranged to buy $100 worth of crack cocaine and $40 worth of heroin, according to the court papers.

The informant arranged to meet Hull at a convenience store in Hagerstown, but Hull changed the rendezvous to South Mulberry Street, the charging document said. When Hull, Diehl and three other people arrived in a car, the informant bought the crack and two packets of heroin, the document said.

Task force agents surrounded the vehicle, searching it and the occupants, the charging document said.

Agents found $692 on Hull and the $140 used to buy the drugs in the car, along with syringes, according to the documents.

Charges of distribution and possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and criminal conspiracy were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, court records said.

Hull’s sentence includes five years on supervised probation after his release from prison, court records said.

One other occupant of the car, Alison Brooke Connolly, 22, of 114 W. Howard St., Hagerstown, also was charged with heroin and cocaine distribution, possession and criminal conspiracy, court records said. She is scheduled for a June 27 hearing in circuit court, court records said.

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