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Convicted Salisbury Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years

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Bonzie Lee Curtis, 40, Salisbury (Photo: Wicomico County DOC) Bonzie Lee Curtis, 40, Salisbury (Photo: Wicomico County DOC)

SALISBURY, Md. – A Salisbury man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for cocaine possession and distribution.

On Wednesday, a Wicomico County jury convicted Bonzie Lee Curtis, 40, of Salisbury, of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. A Wicomico County Circuit Court judge sentenced Curtis to 30 years in the Maryland Division of Corrections, with 20 years representing a mandatory minimum, non-parole eligible sentence since Curtis is a repeat offender.

The conviction stems from a traffic stop on March 14, when a Salisbury police officer pulled over a car for a traffic violation and noticed the people inside were acting suspicious, police said. The officer brought the K9 over to the car, which alerted to the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, according to police. Officers also said they smelled marijuana coming from the car.

According to police, Curtis was in the front-passenger seat of the car. Inside, officers said they found a sawed-off shotgun with one live shotgun shell concealed in a duffle bag, which was within Curtis’ reach. Officers searched Curtis and found a significant amount of cocaine, and six more shotgun shells hidden in a Crown Royal bag in his pocket, police said.

Prosecutors said Curtis has multiple prior convictions including possession with the intent to distribute a narcotic and illegal possession of a handgun. He also has multiple violations of probation.

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