Man who sold PCP to officer could receive up to 45 years

February 18, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A New Windsor man, who twice sold PCP to an undercover drug officer while he was awaiting trial in another drug case, might be able to shorten a potential 45-year prison sentence if he is accepted into a rigorous state drug treatment program.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. will delay sentencing Matthew Scott Bloom, 28, of McKinstrys Mill Road, who pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of PCP distribution and one count of possession with intent to distribute PCP.

If Bloom is accepted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene treatment program, he will be sentenced after his treatment. The judge would be free to impose any sentence up to 45 years.

If Bloom is not accepted into the program, prosecutors have asked for -- and Bloom has agreed to -- a sentence of 45 years with all but 20 years suspended.

Prosecutors also asked the court to require that the first 10 years of the sentence be served without parole.

According to a statement of facts read in court by Carroll County Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III, Bloom was arrested April 16, 1993, after members of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force raided his home.

In a search of the house, officers found bottles of liquid phencyclidine, or PCP; marijuana laced with PCP; and a small quantity of cocaine. Bloom posted a $25,000 property bond and was released.

On Sept. 23, while he was waiting to go to trial in that case, Bloom sold two "cans" of PCP, a hallucinogen, to an undercover drug officer in the New Windsor Inn parking lot. According to the statement of facts, Bloom offered to sell the narcotic to the officer for the "introductory" price of $90.

A "can" of the drug, in street parlance, is a small amount of marijuana laced with PCP.

On Oct. 6, the officer -- armed with arrest warrants as a result of the September buy -- bought two more cans of PCP at a motel parking lot in Westminster.

That time, the officer paid a repeat customer price of $80 for the drugs.

As the officer went back to his car to get the money, members of the drug task force tried to arrest Bloom. Bloom recognized one of the officers and sped out of the parking lot in his truck, leading officers on a chase on Route 140.

Bloom was arrested in Adams County, Pa., and extradited to Carroll County. He since has been in the County Detention Center.

Bloom's co-defendant, Richard Martin Blizzard, 32, of Taneytown, was convicted earlier this month on similar charges.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Blizzard to undergo extensive drug therapy and serve five years of probation after his treatment.

In addition to pleading guilty to the three counts yesterday, Bloom was convicted of one earlier PCP-related offense, court records show.

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