Salisbury Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Kevin Crockett Dykes
Police displayed the alleged illegal drugs and cash seized from suspect Kevin Crockett Dykes following February's drug bust that led to his arrest.
SALISBURY, Md.- A Wicomico County judge on Wednesday sentenced a convicted Salisbury drug dealer to 10 years behind bars. The judge also ordered 30-year-old Kevin Crockett Dykes to forfeit more than half a million dollars in alleged drug proceeds.
Dykes appeared in Wicomico County Circuit Court where he was convicted and sentenced on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Dykes was given the maximum sentence under state law on the charge of possession with intent to distribute a narcotic, 20 years in the Maryland Division of Corrections, with all but 10 years suspended. He was also ordered to forfeit $548,452.73 in cash seized during the investigation.
According to the Wicomico County State's Attorneys Office, which prosecuted the case, Dykes had been pending charges related to his Feb. 12 arrest by members of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force. Prosecutors said that after conducting an investigation into Dykes' alleged activities, officers stopped Dykes' vehicle for a traffic infraction and were able to seize a small amount of marijuana from Dykes. During a subsequent interview, prosecutors said Dykes revealed what investigators already suspected to be the case: that he was in possession of a large amount of cocaine and marijuana at his Salisbury home.
Investigators then applied for and received a search and seizure warrant for Dykes' home. Authorities said that during the course of that search, investigators were able to recover approximately 7 pounds of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine and $3,753 in cash.
A further investigation revealed that Dykes owned a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville. Investigators were able to locate this vehicle parked on a Wicomico County farm. A scan of the vehicle by a drug-sniffing dog revealed the presence of the odor of illicit narcotics, prosecutors said. Investigators were then able to apply for a search and seizure warrant related to this vehicle.
Charging documents show that during a subsequent search of the vehicle, investigators recovered a white brick shaped package allegedly containing cocaine. Prosecutors said the approximate weight of the cocaine was 1,035 grams, or just over 1 kilo of cocaine. Also recovered from the vehicle was approximately 33.5 grams of illicit hallucinogenic mushrooms as well as $529,700 in cash, all of which was in $100 bills, authorities said.
Investigators were also able to locate several bank accounts in Dykes' name and seized the funds in those accounts pursuant to their investigation into Dykes' drug distribution network. The seizure and forfeiture of the $548,452.73 in this case represents the single largest cash seizure in the history of Wicomico County, prosecutors said.
Wicomico County State's Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello said that the Maryland sentencing guidelines in this case called for an active sentence of six months to three years.
"The 10-year active sentence imposed in this case exceeds the sentence called for by the Maryland sentencing guidelines and for good reason," he said. "This case should act as a cautionary tale for all those who would continue to attempt to profit from the sale of illegal drugs in our community."
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:33:21 GMT
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