Man gets 20-year term for distributing PCP

September 13, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A Union Bridge man, who prosecutors say was a major supplier of PCP in Carroll County, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison -- 10 without parole -- for convictions in three 1993 drug distribution cases.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced Martin Scott Bloom, 30, of the 900 block of McKinstrys Mill Road to consecutive 15-year terms for each of three PCP distribution convictions.

The judge suspended all but 20 years of the 45-year sentence, and, in accordance with the state's so-called two-time loser law, ordered Bloom to serve at least half of the sentence without parole.

"Bloom is the kind of people we go after," said Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III, coordinator of the county's drug task force.

"He was one of the main suppliers of PCP in the area."

Court records show that Bloom has an extensive criminal record dating to 1982, when he was charged with drug possession in Baltimore.

He was charged with drug violations in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990 in Baltimore and Westminster, court records show.

Some of the charges resulted in convictions, according to his lawyer, although it was not clear yesterday how many.

Yesterday's sentence stems from three sets of indictments from April through October of last year.

As part of a plea deal, Bloom pleaded guilty in February to two counts of PCP distribution and one count of possession with intent to distribute PCP.

According to a statement of facts read in court then by Mr. Walker, Bloom was arrested on 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 -- who had obtained arrest warrants as a result of the September purchase -- bought two more cans of PCP at the Comfort Inn parking lot in Westminster.

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

As the officer returned 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 Routes 140 and 97.

Bloom was arrested in Adams County, Pa., and extradited to Carroll County.

Mr. Walker called Bloom a "plague," and said he expects him to serve most of his 20-year sentence.

"Our community will not tolerate this kind of conduct," Mr. Walker said.

Bloom's attorney, Leonard H. Shapiro of Owings Mills, called the case involving his client "pitiful."

"He's not dangerous. He just has a serious drug problem," Mr. Shapiro said.

"He's got three kids who he's not going to see for a long time."

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