Disc jockey gets 10-year sentence in Carroll cocaine distribution case

July 01, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A Carroll circuit judge yesterday sentenced a Baltimore free-lance disc jockey to 10 years in state prison without parole for cocaine distribution.

Craig Long, 24, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of cocaine distribution as part of a deal in which prosecutors dropped 10 other charges and agreed to the 10-year sentence.

Long, of the 5600 block of Haddon Ave., had been arrested by the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force three times since January. He had frequent gigs at Carroll area parties, according to court records.

If he had been convicted on all charges in the three cases, he could have been sentenced to more than 40 years in prison, said Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III.

Most recently, Long was arrested March 19 by Sgt. Andrew McKendrick of the task force as he was preparing to spin records at a Carroll County Agriculture Center dance. Sergeant McKendrick found 32 plastic bags containing 9.9 grams of crack cocaine in Long's jacket.

Long was free on bail when he was arrested at the Ag Center.

On March 5, police found 18 plastic bags containing crack cocaine and $1,000 cash during a search at a Westminster party attended by Long. Court records say police were about to arrest him on drug charges when he pushed an officer and fled.

At the time, Long was on $50,000 bond for a Jan. 29 cocaine possession arrest, in which the task force seized his 1989 Nissan.

As part of his plea bargain yesterday, Long agreed to allow the task force to keep the seized car and cash.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. declined to accept Long's guilty plea when the defendant at first answered negatively to his lawyer's question, "Are you satisfied with my services?"

The judge accepted the plea after Long gave an affirmative response.

Such a question must be answered with a "yes" before a defendant can plead guilty.

Long and his attorney went into the hallway for a moment. When they returned, Long answered the question affirmatively, and Judge Beck accepted his plea.

Prosecutors dropped all charges stemming from the March 5 arrest.

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