Man sentenced to 25 years with no parole in cocaine incident

A Wicomico County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a Salisbury man to 25 years incarceration without parole for his continued participation in the sale of crack cocaine.

In June, a jury convicted Keyon Smith, 33, 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.

When a 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.

Judge Leah J. Seaton sentenced Smith to an active period of incarceration of 25 years in the Division of Correction without the possibility of parole for the common nuisance charge. She sentenced him to an additional four years for the cocaine possession.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello said 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.

Smith was on parole at the time of the offense for felony drug possession. As a result of the prosecution seeking the mandatory-minimum sentence in this case, Smith is not eligible for parole until 2040.

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