Man gets 6 years on cocaine charge

April 08, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A New York man was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday on a cocaine conviction that stemmed from a prostitution raid at a Finksburg massage parlor last summer.

Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold imposed the sentence on Byong Ho Son, who was convicted Feb. 13 of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Ho was searched by police officers July 16 outside the Sunn Express Oriental Spa along Route 140 as they raided the spa. He told police he came to the spa to bring food to his sister.

Ho was arrested and charged after police saw him throw something into the grass outside the spa while one officer was patting him down. The "something" turned out to be a packet of cocaine.

At yesterday's brief sentencing hearing, Ho was not represented by an attorney. He had fired his attorney after he was convicted. He told the court through an interpreter that he had nothing to say and did not offer any testimony to counter Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill's request for a harsh sentence.

The spa has been closed since the raid.

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