Salisbury Man Nabbed For Drug Charges
According to court documents, Keyon Smith, 33, of Salisbury, was convicted by a Wicomico County jury of one count of maintaining a common nuisance and one count of possessing cocaine.
The charges stemmed from weeks of undercover work by the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force whereby a search and seizure warrant for Smith's home and person was issued.
Police said when the search and seizure warrant was executed, 39 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine were located in Smith's residence. Smith also had a surveillance system and a safe located within his residence.
Smith was sentenced by the Honorable Leah J. Seaton on Friday, July 17, 2015, to an active period of incarceration of 25 years in the Division of Corrections without the possibility of parole for the common nuisance charge.
Judge Seaton sentenced Smith to an additional 4 years for the possession of cocaine. This is Smith's third felony drug conviction dating back to 2000. He had also been previously convicted of possession of a handgun when prohibited.
The defendant was on parole at the time of the offense for felony drug possession. Smith came to be on parole following a guilty plea in 2009, for which he received a sentence of 10 years active incarceration.
He was released in less than 2 years for substance abuse treatment. Smith failed to complete substance abuse treatment and was sentenced to 8 years in December of 2010. He was paroled shortly thereafter.
As a result of the prosecution seeking the mandatory-minimum sentence in this case, Smith is not eligible for parole until 2040.
Wicomico County State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello commended the members of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Maciarello also thanked Andrew Illuminati, Assistant State's Attorney, who prosecuted this case.
For more information or for an interview please call the Office of the State's Attorney at (410) 548-4880 or visit www.wicomicosao.com.