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Baltimore man enters plea for possession of drugs, is released

Carrington Joshua Sturgis was released on time served after being convicted of illegal possession of prescription medications. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1dcVhpa">http://bit.ly/1dcVhpa</a>
Carrington Joshua Sturgis was released on time served after being convicted of illegal possession of prescription medications. Full story: http://bit.ly/1dcVhpa(HANDOUT)

A Baltimore man was released on time served after being convicted of illegal possession of prescription medications.

Carrington Joshua Sturgis, 24, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

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A trooper from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack stopped a car driven by Sturgis at about 1:15 a.m. Nov. 22 for speeding and having an inoperable tag light, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Chief Deputy State's Attorney Kathleen Murphy.

The trooper spoke with Sturgis and smelled marijuana, so he searched the car, finding a small bag of marijuana and multiple prescription medications not prescribed to him, Murphy said.

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Public defender Lee McNulty said Sturgis was cooperative and voluntarily turned over the drugs to the trooper. One of the prescription medications was tramadol, a non-narcotic pain reliever, Sturgis obtained to deal with chronic pain in his torso.

While at the Carroll County Detention Center, Sturgis was properly prescribed pain medication to deal with this issue, McNulty said.

Murphy requested a three-year sentence with all but time served — 38 days — suspended. McNulty requested Judge Michael M. Galloway find Sturgis guilty and close the case.

Sturgis told Galloway he just wanted to be released to go to his daughter's graduation from pre-K. Galloway decided to convict Sturgis and close the case.

"Go to your daughter's graduation and I'm sure you'll impress upon her as she grows up, stay away from drugs," Galloway said.

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