Six defendants in January drug bust convicted


In January, Carroll's drug prosecutor promised to convict and jail the seven people arrested on cocaine distribution charges after a six-month undercover operation.

Now, six of the seven have been found guilty of various drug charges, one of them is in jail for 10 years and one man -- the only one who has yet to go to trial -- faces a mandatory 10-year sentence if he is convicted.

In January, State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman and Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III said the county's drug task force had infiltrated several of Westminster's drug-dealing operations.

The infiltration, the prosecutors said, came with the help of informants, undercover officers from Carroll and surrounding counties, video-taped surveillance and hand-to-hand drug purchases by police.

According to the prosecutors and indictments, the seven people -- six from Westminster and one from Baltimore -- were accused of selling and using drugs over the six-month period.

The drug activity, according to the indictments, took place at an East Main Street apartment, on Pennsylvania Avenue and in the Westminster City Playground behind the former city police headquarters.

Corey McKinley Davis, 24, of Swann Avenue is serving the longest sentence of the group. On June 15, Davis pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was sentenced to 15 years in state prison with all but 10 years suspended.

Luther Maurice "Booty" Smith, 20, of Center Street pleaded guilty to one count of cocaine distribution May 16. He was given a 15-year sentence, but all but one year of it was suspended.

Ivolee Laurie "Ivy" Henson, 23, of Johan Drive was convicted April 5 of cocaine distribution, passing a false document and theft. She will be sentenced Aug. 31.

Joseph Thomas Savage Jr. of Baltimore pleaded guilty to one count of cocaine distribution June 15 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. All but one year of the sentence was suspended.

Patrick McQuire Magruder, 42, of Charles Street was convicted of cocaine distribution and is awaiting trial on child-abuse

charges, court records show.

Kriston D. Myers, 18, of Mount Airy pleaded guilty to one count of cocaine distribution Wednesday. He will be sentenced July 28 to 10 years in prison, with all but one year suspended.

James Carter "Sugarbear" Brightful, 47, of East Main Street iawaiting trial. If Mr. Brightful, who has been convicted previously on a cocaine-related felony, is found guilty, Mr. Walker expects to seek a minimum mandatory 10-year sentence against him under the state's two-time loser law.

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