UPDATE: Man sentenced on drugs charges in Worcester County
A man will spend the next decade in prison for his role in a drug trafficking crime, in Worcester County.
The Office of the State's Attorney for Worcester County says on Monday, 24-year-old Laquan Townsend, of Princess Anne, was found guilty of two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime. The charges stem from 2017 investigation.
On September 27, the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit and Criminal Enforcement Team executed a search and seizure warrant on Townsend's residence in Pocomoke City. Large amounts of cocaine and marijuana that were individually tied off in plastic bags and prepackaged. Authorities report tha they seized a short barreled rifle and a .22 caliber revolver. The 24-year-old is prohibited from possessing various types of firearms due to prior criminal convictions.
Townsend was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections with all but 5 years suspended that are not subject to parole. Additionally, he was sentenced to 10 years with all but 5 years suspended for possessing a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.
Townsend's sentence will be served consecutively for a total of 10 years of active incarceration. He will then be required to complete three years of supervised probation.