Two men receive jail sentences for drug charges

January 25, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two Liberty Heights men who entered pleas yesterday on charges stemming from last year's police crackdown against drug distribution in Westminster were sentenced to jail terms.

In the first case, Chico A. Johnson, 30, pleaded not guilty to one count of selling cocaine to a police informant near West Main and Carroll streets.

Carroll Circuit Judge M. Michael Galloway found Johnson guilty and imposed a 10-year prison sentence before suspending all but one year of the term.

Court documents show police had received numerous complaints about Johnson dealing drugs and gave the informant $20 to buy cocaine as they watched Johnson on April 16.

In the second case, Eric D. Braxton, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Galloway sentenced Braxton to 18 months in the county jail before suspending all but six months of the term and giving him credit for 115 days served.

Court documents showed officers were tipped that a Ford truck would arrive outside a Westminster convenience store Oct. 1, and its occupants were there to sell cocaine.

The truck, which was driven by Braxton, arrived, and a passenger sold cocaine to an undercover officer for $300.

Both men were arrested, and 2.8 grams of crack cocaine were seized.

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