Silver Spring Man Sentenced In Frederick County

He pleaded guilty to drug and weapons offenses.


Frederick, Md (KM). There will be some prison time for a Silver Spring man. In Frederick County Circuit Court on Monday, Christopher Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and a possession of a firearm with a felony conviction. Judge Mary E. McCormack sentenced Jackson to 35-years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says Jackson is required to serve a full five years of his sentence for the weapons conviction. “We always like to get the firearm with a felony conviction too because it’s without parole. He will do that straight five years without any offset. The second five years he will get some degree of good time for. But we were overall happy with the conviction,”he says.

On October 2nd, 2018, an officer doing a business check at the Taco Bell on West Patrick Street observed two vehicles parked in the lot. The cop approached one of them, and detected a strong odor of unburned marijuana coming from the vehicle and from its driver, Mr. Jackson. A baggie containing a half-gram of cocaine was found on Jackson’s person, says Smith.

Police searched Jackson’s car, and found 5.8 grams of heroin, 19.1 grams of cocaine, 21 Adderal pills, 64.5 grams of PCP, 14.4 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, a loaded 9 mm. handgun and $2,236 in cash. All of the items were confiscated.

“Mr Jackson was businessman. He was drug dealer,” says Smith. “You don’t have cocaine, phyencylidine {PCP}, Adderall, heroin, marijuana, scales, a handgun and cash, and claim to be someone whose a casual user.”

After he’s released from prison, Jackson will be put on five years of supervised probation. If he returnsĀ  to his life of crime while on probation, Jackson could go back to prison and serve the 25 years of his sentence which was suspended. “What that means is that he’s backing up 25 years. So on his five years of supervised probation, if he screws up, the judge could give him 25 more years to serve. A little incentive to stay clean once you get out of jail,” says Smith.


By Kevin McManus