Suspected Cocaine Dealer On Trial In Frederick

He was arrested in April as part of a take down of a large  drug operation.


Frederick, Md (KM) A man suspected of being a major cocaine dealer is on trial in Frederick County Circuit Court. Brian Onley, 38, of Frederick, is charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and other drug offenses.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says the trial began on Tuesday, and included testimony from a state trooper, who served a search and seizure warrant on Onley’s home. “He stated that found inside the home was about $27,500 in cash, which was found in the defendant’s closet,” says Smith. “He also testified that about $15,000 worth of cocaine was found in a truck associated with him outside his house.”

Smith says he expects the state to wrap up its case on Wednesday, and the defense will make its presentation to the court. After the defense rests, there will be closing arguments and the case will go to the jury for its deliberations.

Onley was one of six people arrested in April as part of an effort  to dismantle a major drug operation in Frederick. Authorities served search and seizure warrants on 12 locations.

“Not a long trial, but a very serious one involving a large amount of cash, a large amount of cocaine and what we believe to be a large volume dealer,” says Smith.


By Kevin McManus