He sold crack cocaine to undercover cops.
A Frederick man was sentenced on Tuesday for Drug Distribution. Darrious Doston, 21, was given 12 years in prison for two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (crack cocaine). He pleaded guilty to those two offenses on Tuesday.
State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Dotson will also be put on three-years supervised probation when he gets out of prison, where he must remain drug and alcohol free, and not get into any more trouble with the law. "Not to mention he has 28 years backup too. That means if he gets out of jail after that sentence, and does further wrong, he'll be facing 28 years. So we were really happy with that sentence," he said.
Circuit Court Judge Ed Dwyer sentenced Dotson to 40 years in prison, with all but 12 years suspended.
According to authorities, on December 19th, 2012, the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit and the Frederick Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit used a confidential informant to purchase a quantity of crack cocaine from Dotson. Officers witnessed the transaction, but Dotson was not taken into custody at that time as the case was still under investigation.
On January 24th, 2013, a confidential informant was used to make another controlled purchase from Dotson. The informant met with Dotson and purchase an additional quantity of crack cocaine. Like in the previous incident, the transaction was witnessed by undercover officers.
Smith says Dotson was indicted in March.
"He was the target of the Gang Enforcement Unit. He was the target of the Drug Enforcement Unit. They certainly hit their target on this particular case," says Smith. "Pretty good sentence for a 21-year-old man from Frederick, 12 years to serve in the Division of Correction." He calls the sentenced "well deserved."
The State was represented by Assistant State's Attorney Jason Shoemaker; Dotson was represented by Kathleen English.