Cumberland cocaine dealer sentenced to 14 years in prison

Benjamin Lawrence Avery Jr.

CUMBERLAND — A city man was sentenced Monday to a 14-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to a drug distribution charge in Allegany County Circuit Court.

Benjamin Lawrence Avery Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine and was sentenced by Judge James L. Sherbin.

The case was the result of investigation by members of the Allegany County Narcotics Task Force into the distribution and sales of cocaine in Allegany County.

The state was represented by Assistant State's Attorney Samuel J. Lane. The defendant was represented by Michael A. Stankin of the Office of the Public Defender.

The Allegany County Narcotics Task Force is a cooperative effort between the Maryland State Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, the Cumberland Police Department and the Allegany County State's Attorney’s Office. Citizens can report suspected drug activity by leaving an anonymous tip at 301-759-4660, or by visiting the Crime Solvers website, www.allegany-mineralcrimesolvers.com.

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