Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Possession with Intent to Distribute; Violating Probation

Annapolis, MD — Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that Lawrence Nelson Lewis, 40, of Cambridge, was sentenced by Judge Mark W. Crooks to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and an additional 9 years in prison for violating his probation related to a 2015 conviction.

“Two years prior to this incident, Mr. Lewis was given an opportunity to prove that he could be a productive member of society,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. “Rather than abide by the conditions of his probation, he chose to profit from the sale of dangerous substances and proved beyond a doubt that he is unwilling to comply with the law.”

On July 19, 2017, Anne Arundel County Police were conducting surveillance in the area of Renshaw Road at River Road after receiving numerous complaints regarding an individual in a gray Lexus dealing CDS in the area.
A vehicle matching that description was stopped at the Hog Neck Road near Elizabeth road after the driver failed to properly signal and stop at a stop sign. Detectives approached the vehicle and observed a clear glass smoking device containing suspected crack cocaine lying on the driver’s floorboard. A subsequent search of the vehicle and its occupants was conducted.

When detectives searched Lawrence Lewis, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, they located $3,083.00 in U.S. currency and over 20 grams of crack cocaine.

At the time of this offense, Lewis was on probation for a fourth degree sex offense and second degree assault. He pleaded guilty to these charges on April 28, 2015, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspend all but 204 days of active incarceration, and five years of supervised probation upon release.

October 25, 2018, Judge Mark W. Crooks found Lewis guilty of possession with intent to distribute narcotics and sentenced him to 20 years suspend all but 15 years of active incarceration, and five years of supervised probation upon release. Lewis was sentenced to an additional nine years of active incarceration for violating his probation.

Judge Mark W. Crooks presided over the case. Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Watt prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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