In 2010, a man from Elkton was taken into custody on suspicion of distribution of oxycodone pills. Police claim to have discovered more than $9,000 in cash, numerous cellphones, a number of pills and multiple firearms at the time. On Nov. 7, 2013, the man was sentenced to an eight-year federal prison term for conspiracy to distribute the prescription drug illegally.
The man made a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he confessed to committing drug crimes in the Cecil County area between 2008 and 2010. He said that he and a number of co-conspirators paid addicts and others to get the pills from doctors. Fifteen individuals were implicated in the conspiracy charges.
For his plea agreement, the man admitted to distributing 1.4 million milligrams of oxycodone. The other individuals involved also received prison sentences for possessing and distributing oxycodone and other drugs. One of the co-conspirators was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and another received a five-prison sentence, followed by three years of supervision.
While eight years is a substantial prison sentence, the man in the case could have received a far longer sentence. His plea bargain may be the result of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issuing new guidelines that instruct federal prosecutors not to seek long sentences for nonviolent offenders. Although the Elkton man is also accused of owning a number of weapons, he may not have been accused of a violent crime. This sentencing illustrates how a plea bargain can result in much shorter sentences than would otherwise be given.
Source: The Washington Post, "Holder directs U.S. attorneys to seek reduced sentences in current, pending drug cases," Sari Horwitz, Sept. 19, 2013
Source: Star Dem, "Elkton man sentenced in federal drug case", Jane Bellmyer, November 07, 2013