Woman gets 18 months on drug charge

April 28, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced a 21-year-old Westminster woman yesterday to three years in state prison for cocaine distribution.

The judge suspended all but 18 months of the sentence and ordered Stacy Lynn Walker, of the 100 block of Smith Ave., to be placed on five years of supervised probation upon release.

She had been free since her conviction on $1,500 bond pending yesterday's sentencing. Judge Beck denied a request by Walker's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Samuel Truette, to allow her to remain free on bond pending an appeal.

In a plea bargain March 17, Walker pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession with intent to distribute it, but agreed to allow prosecutors to present enough evidence to convict her. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of cocaine and paraphernalia possession.

According to court records, Walker was arrested by Westminster police on the afternoon of Nov. 12 after they received a tip that she would be traveling to Baltimore to purchase cocaine.

A car in which Walker was a passenger was stopped at Sullivan Road and Wimert Avenue. A drug-sniffing dog reacted to the presence of narcotics in the car, court records say.

Police found a syringe, a pack of rolling papers and a bottle cap with cocaine residue.

Walker was arrested and taken to the Westminster police station, where she was strip-searched. Eleven plastic storage bags containing a total of 3.5 grams of cocaine were found in a body cavity.

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