Store owner's sentence suspended in drug case


The owner of a Hampstead package goods store received a four-year suspended sentence and a $2,000 fine yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court on his guilty plea to a marijuana distribution charge.

Craig R. Arman, 33, of Bonnie Ridge in Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the charge in March and was sentenced yesterday by Judge Francis M. Arnold.

He was arrested Aug. 29 after state and local police concluded a two-month investigation and raided C & E Liquors, which he operated in the 4100 block of Lower Beckleysville Road.

Arman had about 4 ounces of marijuana packaged in 11 small bags, one under the store's front counter and 10 in a back room, according to court documents.

Arman's liquor license was revoked in November, a month after he testified before the county liquor board that he was not selling marijuana for profit.

Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore had asked for a six-month jail term. The crime is punishable by up to five years and $5,000, but she said sentencing guidelines call for probation to 12 months for a first-time offender.

In addition to the fine and suspended sentence with supervised probation, the judge ordered Arman to pay $100 to a substance abuse fund and complete a rehabilitation program.

Pub Date: 5/05/98

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