Salisbury cocaine dealer handed 11-year sentence

U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel on Tuesday sentenced David Wayne Nelson, 32, of Salisbury, to 140 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

The sentence was announced in Baltimore by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; Wicomico County Sheriff Michael A. Lewis; Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan; Chief Michael Phillips of the Fruitland Police Department; and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello.

According to their plea agreements, from July through August 2013, Nelson conspired with Royce Levi Brown and others to distribute cocaine.

During the investigation, DEA and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force initiated wire taps on cellular telephones belonging to Brown and executed search warrants at multiple locations, including residences associated with Nelson and Brown.

Law enforcement overheard and observed Nelson engage in drug transactions with Brown.

For example, on July 30, 2013, law enforcement overheard conversations in which Nelson agreed to buy 1 kilogram of cocaine from Brown.  Brown delivered the cocaine to Nelson at his residence.

On Aug. 13, 2013, law enforcement overheard Nelson arrange to purchase one-half kilogram of cocaine from Brown for $21,000.

Royce Levi Brown, age 31, of Mardela Springs, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

Inmate gets added time for assault on officer

A 25-year-old Salisbury was convicted this week by a Wicomico County jury of assaulting a Wicomico County Detention Center officer on Feb. 10.

Nicholas Stuetz was serving the active 18-month portion of a 10-year sentence for conspiring to commit robbery. He was sentenced by the Circuit Court to five years in the Division of Correction to be served consecutively to any and all other sentences.

The charges against Stuetz stemmed from his action when he was asked to surrender a plastic storage tub from his jail cell. The plastic containers were determined to pose a risk to other inmates because the plastic tubs were being broken into pieces and sharpened into weapons.

Stuetz became angry and threw the plastic tub at the officer’s face. The tub struck the officer in the chin and chest area causing injury.

Man sentenced to 65 years in armed robbery

Gerard Dawson Dennis, 19, was sentenced this week to 65 years in prison for the armed robbery and related offenses that occurred on Oct. 4, 2013, in the area of 1029 Adams Ave.

Dennis received the maximum sentence for armed robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault, according to the Wicomico State’s Attorney’s Office.

He received consecutive time on the firearms offenses that will be served without the possibility of parole. Dennis was also sentenced to an additional seven years on violation of probation cases to be served concurrently to the Armed Robbery.

“This offender seems dedicated to breaking the laws of our state, and during his most recent crime he violently assaulted a man in his home,” said State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello. “The defendant was armed with a handgun despite the fact that Maryland gun laws prohibited him from possessing one due to his previous convictions. The state is thankful that the court handed down this tough sentence to this repeat offender.”

Maciarello commended the Salisbury City Police Criminal Investigation Division for its work in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz prosecuted the case.

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