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Ringleader in Hagerstown Drug Conspiracy Sentenced to More than 15 Years in Prison


Co-defendant Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, sentenced Fleance Tyrone Archie, age 33, of Hagerstown, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Yesterday, Judge Blake sentenced Archie’s co-defendant, Mark Linn Randolph, age 37, also of Hagerstown, to nine years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

The sentences were 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; Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith; Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Washington County Narcotics Task Force led by Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.

According to Archie’s guilty plea, during 2008 and 2009, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force (WCNTF) conducted an investigation into the drug activities of Archie. During April and May 2008, DEA and WCNTF arranged for controlled purchases to be made from Archie. Specifically, on May 16, 2008, DEA and WCNTF arranged to have a cooperating individual contact an associate of Archie to arrange to purchase crack cocaine from Archie. Archie ultimately agreed to provide more than 50 grams of crack cocaine to the cooperating individual.

Additional controlled purchases made from Archie include: crack cocaine on April 28, 2008 and February 17, 2009; heroin on November 12, 2008; and powder cocaine on December 31, 2008. On May 6, 2009, DEA and WCNTF agents executed a search warrant at Archie’s home and recovered more than 50 grams of crack cocaine

According to Randolph’s plea agreement, on April 19, 2009, law enforcement stopped a van in which Mark Linn Randolph, was the passenger and recovered approximately 14 grams of crack cocaine inside the car. Randolph admitted that he intended to distribute the crack cocaine.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Narcotics Task Force, Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police and Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong, Jr. and his office, for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon and Bryan Giblin, who are prosecuting the case.

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