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Wicomico Drug Dealer Convicted of Firearm, Drug Felonies

Antoine Belizaire Jr. Antoine Belizaire Jr.
SALISBURY, Md.- Prosecutors say a Wicomico County drug dealer has been convicted of multiple firearm and drug felonies in two separate trials.

On Dec. 18, 2014, after a two-day trial, a Wicomico County jury convicted 32-year-old Antoine Belizaire Jr. of possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, being a felon in possession of a regulated firearm, possession of a regulated firearm during a drug trafficking offense and numerous other related offenses.

On Jan. 15, 2015, another Wicomico County jury convicted Belizaire on separate charges of possession with intent to distribute a large amount of heroin, conspiracy and related offenses.

The events at issue in the first trial began on April 22, 2014, when officers attempted to serve a warrant on Belizaire. On that date, members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team, which is a task force comprised of multiple agencies including Maryland State Police, the Salisbury Police Department, and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, were attempting to serve an outstanding warrant for assault upon Belizaire. 

Investigators conducting surveillance on Belizaire's girlfriend's home said they observed her driving in the area with Belizaire as a passenger. Investigators then contacted members of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit to assist in stopping the vehicle. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, they said the vehicle fled and led officers on a pursuit through the streets of Salisbury. Authorities said that eventually, Belizaire bailed out of the vehicle and ran. While fleeing from the location, Belizaire was observed to discard a tan baseball cap. Investigators said this baseball cap was recovered and was found to contain a large amount of heroin, as well as cocaine, marijuana, and a loaded semi-automatic handgun. The street value of the heroin seized was estimated to be $16,000.

The events at issue in the second trial occurred while Belizaire was in jail and pending trial on the gun and drug charges from April 22, authorities said. During this time, Belizaire began to make numerous telephone calls from the Wicomico County Detention Center to his girlfriend and her uncle. Prosecutors said that during these calls, Belizaire, speaking in code, instructed his girlfriend to remove an amount of heroin from a home and to give it to her uncle. 

Belizaire also instructed the uncle on how to prepare it for street-level sales with the aim of continuing Belizaire's drug distribution network while he was incarcerated, prosecutors said. They said that what Belizaire did not know was that he had continued their investigation into his ongoing drug activity. During the course of this continued investigation, investigators said they were able to develop his girlfriend as a co-conspirator and confronted her. Belizaire's girlfriend then began cooperating with authorities and ultimately led investigators to where the heroin was concealed. This led to the recovery of more than 300 grams of heroin from her uncle's home. The street value of the heroin seized was estimated to be approximately $200,000, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Belizaire, who acted as his own attorney in both trials, has multiple prior convictions including felony drug and firearms convictions. At the time, Belizaire was on probation for possession with intent to distribute narcotics and is currently pending a violation of probation hearing in that matter.

Sentencing for the new offenses was deferred to allow for a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed. Belizaire's potential total sentence on the offenses for which he was convicted in the first trial is more than 75 years with at least 20 years of that time being mandatory, non-parole eligible time. Belizaire also faces approximately 60 years of potential incarceration with more mandatory time in the second case. Finally, Belizaire then faces a potential additional 15 years on his violation of probation.

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