Thursday, October 22, 2015

SALISBURY COCAINE DEALER SENTENCED TO THIRTY YEARS IN PRISON

SALISBURY COCAINE DEALER SENTENCED TO THIRTY YEARS IN PRISON

 

            On October 21, 2015, a Wicomico County jury convicted Bonzie Lee Curtis, Jr., age 40, of Salisbury, Maryland, of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.  Following the jury trial, a Wicomico County Circuit Court judge sentenced Curtis to a total sentence of thirty years in the Maryland Division of Corrections.  Of this thirty year sentence, twenty years represent a mandatory minimum, non-parole eligible sentence based upon Curtis’ status as a repeat offender.      

 

On March 14, 2015, Officer Brian Barr of the Salisbury Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction.  Curtis was the front-seat passenger in this vehicle.  A K9 scan was subsequently performed on the vehicle after the officer noted the suspicious behavior of the occupants.  The K9 alerted to the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.  In addition, officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the motor vehicle.  A search of the vehicle revealed a sawed-off shotgun with one live shotgun shell concealed in a duffle bag which was within Curtis’ reach from the passenger seat.  A search of Curtis revealed a significant amount of cocaine as well as six more shotgun shells hidden in a Crown Royal bag in Curtis’ pocket.

 

Curtis has multiple prior convictions including possession with the intent to distribute a narcotic and illegal possession of a handgun.  Curtis also has multiple violations of probation.        

 

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Salisbury Police Department for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case.  Mr. Maciarello also thanked James L. Britt who prosecuted Curtis.   

 

            For more information or for an interview please call the Office of the State’s Attorney at (410) 548-4880or visit www.wicomicosao.com

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully those 30 years will stick and he won't be eligible for release until he is 70 years old.

Unfortunately he will always be a ward of the state and we will be paying for his existence.

Anonymous said...

Although I do not personally know Officer Barr, I sincerely commend him for his outstanding job on this particular traffic stop. I hope he safely continues to conduct more of the same. Great work! Blue lives matter.

RFL

Anonymous said...

He wasn't the dealer just a junkie who took the fall. Was probably getting a small amount in exchange for transportation of the drugs. The guys a broke homeless junkie not a dealer.....

Anonymous said...

Another victim of the war on drugs, while the Democrats joke during their debate about how everyone smokes pot, they just pick and choose who gets in trouble.