Westminster man guilty of drug charge Former student-athlete could get 55 years in prison

November 21, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A former standout basketball player at Westminster High School could be sentenced to nearly 55 years in prison after he was convicted yesterday on drug distribution charges in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Calvin Lamont Warfield, 24, of Westminster, who was known as "Peanut" when he averaged 17 points a game for the Owls' basketball team during the 1991-1992 season, will be sentenced by Judge Francis M. Arnold on Feb. 4.

Jerry F. Barnes, state's attorney for Carroll County, has formally requested that Arnold impose a 10-year mandatory sentence without parole against Warfield for distribution of cocaine.

Evidence showed Warfield sold a common headache medicine, Ibuprofen, that had been dusted with cocaine, for $50 to an undercover police officer Aug. 8, 1995.

Barnes said the dusting practice is typical of dealers who want to fool buyers who may test their purchase by touching their tongue to it.

If the substance numbs the tongue, the buyer believes it is cocaine, the prosecutor said.

Warfield also was convicted of selling Ibuprofen, which is classified as a noncontrolled dangerous substance, to the same undercover officer for $60 on Aug. 15, 1995.

Warfield was convicted on cocaine charges in 1994 and sentenced to five years in prison, Barnes said.

All but 18 months were suspended and Warfield served only a portion of the term before being granted parole, the prosecutor said.

Yesterday's convictions violated terms of Warfield's probation in the 1994 case, which means he could be ordered to serve the remaining portion of his previous five-year sentence.

Barnes said the judge could reject his sentencing request and impose a standard 20-year maximum sentence against Warfield

for cocaine distribution and double that term to 40 years because he is a subsequent offender.

In addition, the judge could double a standard maximum five-year sentence to 10 years for the distribution of the Ibuprofen, Barnes said.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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