Edgewood man freed from prison faces drug charges

October 23, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Edgewood man freed from prison when a 1993 battery conviction was overturned by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has been arrested on crack cocaine charges in a Harford County sheriff's office drug raid.

Craig Eric "Chicken" Wallace of the 6200 block of Baker Circle was charged with possession with intent to distribute 16.5 grams of crack cocaine. He posted a $10,000 bond and was released Tuesday.

Deputies conducted simultaneous raids Monday night at the Baker Circle location and in the 6200 block of Edgewood Road.

Deputies said they seized an estimated $3,000 worth of crack cocaine, an estimated $20 worth of marijuana and two pistols and recovered numerous items taken in a burglary of an Edgewood sporting goods store. The stolen items included bows, arrows, fishing rods, reels and BB pellet guns.

Mr. Wallace's conviction and an eight-year sentence stemmed from an attack on a Pennsylvania man who suffered brain damage from repeated kicks to the head after he tried to help a woman being beaten by a friend of Mr. Wallace's in Havre de Grace, court records show.

The appellate court ruled in May that Mr. Wallace's confession to being at the crime scene should not have been admitted as evidence at his trial because he gave it after indicating -- even if half-heartedly -- that he wanted a lawyer.

The decision also set aside a parole violation for Mr. Wallace from a previous attempted murder sentence, prosecutor Diana A. Brooks said.

Ms. Brooks said she will retry Mr. Wallace on the battery charge.

Deputies also arrested Sherry Lynn Thomas, 24, at the Baker Circle address on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of 3.3 grams of marijuana.

Ms. Thomas was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

An investigation is continuing to determine if charges will be placed in connection with the stolen sporting goods, the spokesman said.

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