He will be sentenced on Aug. 31st.
Frederick, Md (KM). A plea was entered Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court by one of the men who was arrested last year for selling products at the Great Frederick Fair which were laced with the active ingredient in marijuana. Robert Andrew Cory McGee, 24, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
“He was of two defendants that were charged with selling marijuana wax at a booth at the Great Frederick Fair last year. So Mr. McGee was actually the salesman who conducted the sale to an undercover officer after a complaint was received,” said State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 31st. Smith says the State will be asking for five-years with six-months to serve, and 45-days tacked on. That’s the amount of time it took to extradite McGee from Virginia to Maryland, says Smith.
He says this sentence for McGee is fair. “The sentencing guidelines start a probation for this offense,” says Smith. “We felt because they were selling it at the Great Frederick Fair–of course, they were selling to anybody who wanted it, including minors in our estimation. So we believe that incarceration is appropriate in this particular offense.”
McGee was charged in September, 2016 by the County Sheriff’s Office following several complaints that a vendor was selling marijuana products.
An undercover deputy approached the stand on September 19, 2016 and asked McGee about packages he saw with “highly concentrated” smokable marijuana and edible gummies. The cop purchased $50 worth of laced wax, and candles for $30. They were taken to a lab for testing, which found that they contained a marijuana component.
The next day, authorities say they raided the stand, and confiscated assorted candies, including lollipops, chocolate covered pretzels and packages of gummies.
Smith says the owner of the booth, Robert Spiva, 28, of Georgia, is also charged in this incident, but he remains at large. “However, that’s a warrant status. We’re out looking for him at this time. We have reason to believe he’s somewhere in North or South Carolina,” he says.
By Kevin McManus