A former employee at an Anne Arundel County drug rehabilitation center was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to selling heroin.
Patrick Broxton, 48, of Ellicott City was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore after he pleaded guilty Nov. 23 to conspiracy to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to a plea agreement, Broxton worked at the Gaudenzia substance abuse treatment center in Crownsville during the time of his offenses. The agreement says he was arrested at the center July 6, 2017.
In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote that from June 2016 through July 2017, Broxton conspired with several others “to distribute heroin in Calvert and Prince George’s County.”
The office wrote that Broxton was caught on wiretapped conversations in April 2017 trying to set up a drug deal at a convenience store in Anne Arundel County while he was employed at Gaudenzia.
After a phone call to one of his co-defendants April 13, 2017, Broxton left Gaudenzia to drive to Wawa to conduct a drug deal, his plea agreement reads.
A search of his residence July 6, 2017, found a handgun, a ballistic vest, “heroin which is in a plastic container in the back of a picture frame” and other drug packaging and distribution materials, the office wrote.
Kristy Blalock, the acting regional director at Gaudenzia, said the organization was unaware of the federal investigation until Broxton’s arrest and had not received any complaints about his time at the treatment center. She added that Gaudenzia was aware of his previous felony conviction of second-degree murder in 1992 in Baltimore City.
Three others — Stephen Eugene Clark, Jr., 55, of Laurel; Stephen Michael Kinnison, 44, of Lusby; and Robert Eugene Davidson, 29, of Sunderland — have pleaded guilty to related conspiracy charges, the office wrote. A fourth — Charles Benjamin Stewart, Jr., 46, of Upper Marlboro — is awaiting trial in November.
Prosecutors wrote in Broxton’s plea agreement that “at least 800 grams of heroin and at least 28.35 grams of cocaine … were involved in the offenses and foreseeable as to Broxton.”
The office wrote that the gun seized was manufactured outside Maryland.