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Friday, April 11, 2014

Eastern Shore Cocaine Dealer Sentenced To Over 10 Years In Prison

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Ranson Chandler, Jr., age 37, of Salisbury, Maryland, today to 123 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Wicomico County Sheriff Michael A. Lewis; Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan; Chief Michael Phillips of the Fruitland Police Department; and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello.

According to Chandler’s plea agreement, an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force established that during the months of October and November 2012, Ranson Chandler, Jr., conspired with Terron Lamont Crump and others to distribute cocaine on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Information obtained through wiretaps demonstrated that on multiple occasions Chandler conducted or attempted to conduct narcotics transactions with Crump and others.

For example, in an intercepted call on November 27, 2012, Chandler and Crump discussed the price of “the hard knock,” which Chandler was attempting to procure for a third party. Crump told Chandler that the price was “one even,” or $1,000 per ounce, but that he (Crump) would not be able “to get to it” until the following day. At approximately 10 a.m. the next morning, officers observed a drug transaction between Chandler and Crump near the Route 50 Diner in Salisbury. After the transaction took place, the officers attempted to arrest Chandler who, while attempting to flee, crashed his vehicle into a vehicle occupied by three law enforcement officers.

Chandler was arrested. During a search officers recovered approximately 68 grams of cocaine from Chandler’s pants pocket and an additional 197 grams of cocaine from his vehicle, as well as a loaded (and stolen) 9 mm handgun recovered from the center console of Chandler’s vehicle.

The evidence showed that that it was foreseeable to Chandler that he and his co-conspirators distributed, more than 500 grams of cocaine during the conspiracy, which operated from June 2012 through and November 28, 2012.

Terron Lamont Crump, age 35, of Fruitland, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was scheduled to a year and a day in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA and Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force comprised of the Maryland State Police, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Salisbury Police Department, Fruitland Police Department and the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Martinez, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 26, 2015