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Maugansville man being sought after ducking out of Washington County Courthouse before trial began

July 13, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Maugansville man set to represent himself against narcotics-trafficking charges is being sought after ducking out of the Washington County Circuit Courthouse Thursday before his trial began.

A jury had been picked for the trial of Asaler Lavelle Pointer, but he left the building before the panel was sworn in, Assistant State’s Attorney Viki Pauler said.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. issued a bench warrant and revoked Pointer’s $250,000 bond, according to court records.

He was not being held in the Washington County Detention Center on Friday, an officer at the jail said. And Pauler said she had not heard of him being apprehended.

Pointer, who was out on bond, had asked Long for a postponement of his case to get a lawyer, a request that the judge denied, Pauler said.

In May, Pointer had been granted a continuance in his case after he dismissed his then-attorney, John Salvatore, the court records said.

Pointer, 42, and Tiffany Ann Mowery, 32, both of 13813 Village Mill Drive, were arrested in August after Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents conducted a search of the house, according to charging documents.

The search was based on sales of cocaine to a confidential informant, the statement of probable cause said.

Pointer and Mowery each were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of narcotics, cocaine possession and firearms violations, the documents said.

Mowery also was charged with distribution of cocaine, the documents said.

Agents began investigating the couple in July after a controlled purchase of cocaine was made at the house, the documents said.

Subsequently, an informant made purchases from Mowery outside two fast-food restaurants on Maugans Avenue on Aug. 1 and 6, the documents said.

Agents saw Mowery leaving her house before the drug buys, and she was arrested after the Aug. 6 purchase. Pointer was arrested when agents found him in the search of the house.

Agents found more than an ounce of cocaine in the house, along with drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun with extra ammunition, the documents said.

Pointer has at least three previous drug convictions in Maryland, the last being a 2010 conviction in Washington County for possession of marijuana that resulted in a one-year jail sentence, court records said.

Mowery also has past drug convictions in the county, the records said.

She pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine in February and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the records said.

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