West Virginia Crack Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Traveled to Germantown Twice a Week to Purchase Crack to Sell in West Virginia

June 15, 2012

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Lawrence Robert Hicks, age 42, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, today to10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to Hicks’ guilty plea, on September 20, 2011, Hicks was arrested in Frederick County, Maryland, when Maryland State Police recovered 10 grams of crack cocaine from Hicks’ vehicle after a traffic stop. Hicks told police that since April 2011, he had been traveling to Germantown, Maryland, twice a week to purchase crack cocaine from an individual he knew as “Kevin.” Hicks would then take the crack cocaine back to Martinsburg, West Virginia, where he sold it. Hicks was released from custody and on October 22, 2011, police officers saw Hicks driving the same vehicle in Germantown and followed him to Clarksburg, Maryland. Police stopped the car and Hicks was again found to be in possession of approximately 10 grams of crack cocaine, which he intended to distribute in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA, Montgomery County Police Department and Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Deborah A. Johnston and Special Assistant United States Attorney Liza Collery, of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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