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Judge convicts city woman on cocaine charge


Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. yesterday convicted a 21-year-old Westminster woman on a single cocaine distribution charge.

In a plea bargain, Stacy Lynn Walker of Smith Avenue pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession with intent to distribute but agreed to allow prosecutors to present enough evidence to convict her. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of cocaine and paraphernalia possession.

According to court records, Walker was arrested by Westminster police on the afternoon of Nov. 12 after they received a tip that she would be traveling to Baltimore to purchase cocaine.

A car in which Walker was a passenger was stopped at Sullivan Road and Wimert Avenue. A drug-sniffing dog reacted to the presence of narcotics in the car, court records say.

Police found a syringe, a pack of rolling papers and a bottle cap with cocaine residue.

Walker was arrested and taken to the Westminster police station, where she was strip-searched. Eleven plastic storage bags containing a total of 3.5 grams of cocaine were found in a body cavity.

Walker, who is free on bond pending sentencing, will be sentenced April 27.

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