Former Meade High School track star Derrick Lamar Love was placed on three years probation yesterday after pleading guilty to selling fake crack cocaine to an undercover police officer last June.
After the guilty plea, Circuit Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. granted Love probation before judgment, which means Love, a national champion sprinter while in school, will have no record of a conviction if he successfully completes his probation.
Police have also questioned Love about a July murder, but Assistant State's Attorney Steven Sindler said no evidence was found to link Love to the slaying of Shoukat Warris Khan of Severn.
Love, 19, of the 8000 block Donna Road, Glen Burnie, had lived on Pioneer Drive in Severn and was a 1989 graduate of Meade, where he was a standout in track and field and football. During the 1989 track season, he was state and national champion in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
Love played football in the fall of 1989 and ran track last spring at Taft Junior College in California, Sindler said. Love had been unable to attend classes or play football at Taft this fall because his pretrial release conditions prevented him from leaving Maryland.
Under the conditions of probation outlined yesterday by Goudy, Love will be allowed to return to school in California.
Court records show Love approached an undercover police detective in a convenience store parking lot in Severn last June 15 and responded to the officer's request to buy some "rock," or crack cocaine. The court document shows Love sold the officer what was supposed to be $20 worth of crack, but a test later showed the substance was not cocaine.
Love was arrested six weeks later. He was indicted on a charge of distributing a non-controlled substance as a controlled dangerous substance --which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail -- and one count of possession with intent to distribute. The second count was dropped yesterday as part of the plea agreement.