A Westminster man will serve one year and one day in prison after entering a plea for possession of more than 4 pounds of marijuana, 2 of which were mailed to his home, with the intent to distribute.
David Christopher Gerting, 31, of the 500 block of Hook Road, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts.
Deputy State's Attorney Edward Coyne requested a sentence of one to two years for Gerting.
Gerting was sentenced to three years in the state Division of Corrections with all but one year and one day suspended — the minimum required to serve a sentence at a state facility rather than county jail. Gerting was also ordered to forfeit the $8,598 seized during a search of his home.
"You exercised extremely poor judgment," Judge Fred S. Hecker said Wednesday.
Gerting was arrested in February after police received a tip he might receive a package in the mail containing drugs and set up surveillance at his Westminster residence, according to court records.
On Feb. 3, members of the Carroll County Drug Task Force saw the U.S. Postal Service deliver a package to Gerting's home, then saw Gerting leave with the package shortly afterward, according to court records.
Gerting's car was stopped and a K-9 unit scanned it, with the dog alerting to the possible presence of drugs, according to court records. A search revealed more than 2 pounds of marijuana under the driver's seat, and a subsequent search of Gerting's home turned up an additional 2 pounds of marijuana, as well as a digital scale and cash.
Gerting will be placed on three years of supervised probation when he is released.
Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees said shipping illegal drugs in the mail is a trend law enforcement officers have seen because dealers believe it is easier than transporting in cars, which can be searched.