Parsonsburg man sentenced on drug, firearm possession charges

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SALISBURY, Md. – A Parsonsburg man has been sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to drug and firearm charges.

In September, 26-year-old Phillip Marvel pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a shotgun by a prohibited person and two counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. The judge accepted the plea and sentenced Marvel to a total of 35 years of incarceration with all but 15 years suspended.

The charges stem from an investigation in May 2022, when officers executed a search and seizure warrant on Marvel’s residence and a vehicle in which he was a passenger. A search of the residence led to the recovery of various types of controlled dangerous substances, as well as a shotgun and ammunition. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of additional controlled dangerous substances. During an interview with law enforcement, Marvel reportedly admitted to distributing controlled dangerous substances.

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