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Westminster woman sentenced for intent to sell methamphetamines

A Westminster woman was handed a five-year prison sentence, with all but two years suspended, after pleading guilty Tuesday to selling methamphetamines.

Vanessa Angela Brigitte Wilson, 33, of the unit block of Bond Street, was indicted May 21 on two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana, according to electronic court files.

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Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Fred S. Hecker sentenced Wilson to serve five years, three of which were suspended, at the Maryland Division of Corrections. Hecker also ordered her to serve five years of supervised probation upon release.

Just before 3 a.m. on May 1, a Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a silver Chevrolet car for speeding while traveling north on Md. 27. The driver was identified as Wilson, and the passenger was identified as Edward Anthony Mayes, 29, who faces similar charges, according to charging documents.

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After detecting a strong odor of marijuana, the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the car. Wilson told the deputy "no" but began visibly shaking, according to the documents.

When police searched the car they found a black metal safe beneath the spare tire in the trunk containing plastic baggies — at least one of which contained suspected methamphetamine — $967 in cash and another baggie that police suspected contained methamphetamine, Carroll County Deputy State's Attorney Ned Coyne said.

The drugs were analyzed by a forensics lab and found to be methamphetamine, Coyne said at the hearing.

After Mayes and Wilson were arrested, Wilson told police that she and Mayes had gone to Washington to buy methamphetamine to sell for extra money, according to charging documents.

A criminal jury trial has been scheduled for Oct. 20 for Mayes, who is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana, according to electronic court records.

Defense attorney Brad Bauhof said after the hearing that because Wilson admitted to the state's version of the facts in the case, there was no factual defense.

"The state and the judge approached this case fairly," Bauhof said. "She can get out [of prison], get rehabilitated and get her life back."

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