City man guilty on drug charge

March 18, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 32-year-old Westminster man pleaded guilty to a drug-distribution charge yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court.

Douglas Neal Utz, of Old Washington Road, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute after prosecutors agreed to drop three related charges.

Utz, who is serving an unrelated work-release sentence, will be sentenced in his current case by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. on May 20.

Utz's home was raided by the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force on Nov. 12 after officers obtained a search warrant from Judge Beck.

Found in the home, according to court records, were a plastic food storage bag containing 0.3 grams of cocaine, two plastic tubes containing trace amounts of cocaine and $376 in cash.

In court yesterday, Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III said that when officers asked Utz about any other cocaine, the defendant replied that he had snorted some.

According to Judge Beck, who did not bind himself to terms of the plea agreement, Mr. Walker will seek a sentence ranging from six months to three years, depending on what is recommended in a presentencing investigation.

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