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Press Release

Salisbury Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to over 11 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced David Wayne Nelson, age 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, today to 140 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

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 their plea agreements, from July 2013, through August 27, 2013, Nelson conspired with Royce Levi Brown, and others to distribute cocaine. During the investigation, DEA and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force initiated wire taps on cellular telephones belonging to Brown and executed search warrants at multiple locations, including residences associated with Nelson and Brown. Law enforcement overheard and observed Nelson engage in drug transactions with Brown.

For example, on July 30, 2013, law enforcement overheard conversations in which Nelson agreed to buy one kilogram of cocaine from Brown. Brown delivered the cocaine to Nelson at his residence. On August 13, 2013, law enforcement overheard Nelson arrange to purchase one half kilogram of cocaine from Brown for $21,000.

Royce Levi Brown, age 31, of Mardela Springs, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA and the 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 United States Attorney Peter J. Martinez, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

Updated January 27, 2015