Baltimore man given 20 years for selling drugs

July 17, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 22-year-old Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to selling cocaine and marijuana to undercover police last year was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday.

Daniel Michael Singer of Hamilton also was ordered to pay $3,900 in restitution to the Maryland State Police. That is what undercover police paid Singer for cocaine and marijuana in March 1995.

Prosecutors called Singer a mid-level drug dealer. They noted the quantity and speed with which Singer was able to produce drugs for sale.

On one occasion, Singer quickly brought 12 ounces of marijuana and 4 ounces of cocaine to Finksburg, where he sold it to undercover police in the post office parking lot, police said.

State sentencing guidelines call for 55 years in prison in such cases, said prosecutor Theresa M. Adams, an assistant state's attorney.

"A 20-year sentence is lenient," she said.

Singer told Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold that he was selling drugs because he wanted to help his mother and sister purchase a place to live.

Referring to cocaine, Arnold called it "tragic that one so young could be involved in selling such a terrible drug."

"But we don't know what tragedy your actions have caused for others," the judge said.

Singer will be placed on five years of supervised probation when he is released from prison. He will have 18 months after his release to make restitution.

In all, undercover police spent about $9,000 for drugs while setting up and carrying out three purchases of drugs from Singer. The investigation enabled undercover police to identify two other alleged dealers.

When police made arrests, they were able to recover about $5,000, Adams said.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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