On January 31, 2012, Phillip Scott Bailey was convicted by a Wicomico County jury of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, and other drug and driving offenses. On July 17, 2011 the Defendant was stopped on the Route 13 Bypass by a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy who was operating stationary radar at that location. The Deputy was a certified K-9 handler and had in his car his K-9 “Fiasco.” The driver had a suspended license and was driving a rental vehicle licensed out of the State of Virginia. After the K-9 scanned the vehicle and alerted to the presence of the odor of controlled dangerous substances, the driver was searched and was found to be in possession of several baggies of CDS (Heroin and Cocaine).
After the jury trial, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello presented the Court with a Notice of Intention to Seek Subsequent Offender Penalties. The notice revealed that the Defendant had two prior convictions of Possession with Intent to Distribute. Because this is the Defendant’s third conviction for Possession with Intent to Distribute, the Defendant is facing a mandatory/minimum penalty of 25 years incarceration in the Department of Corrections.
Mr. Maciarello stated “law enforcement and the State’s Attorney’s Office are hoping that the message gets out that distributing narcotics in Wicomico County will get you serious jail time. The mandatory minimum for a second offense is ten years; for a third offense the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years.”
State’s Attorney Maciarello would like to thank the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Fiasco,” the Fruitland Police Department, and the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case.