CENTREVILLE — A Georgia man was sentenced June 4 to 20 years in prison after being convicted of drug and gun charges.
Howard Oglesby, 59 of Decatur, Georgia, pleaded guilty and was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm on April 2. The charges stemmed from a traffic stop on Nov. 23, 2018.
Queen Anne’s County Deputy State’s Attorney Michael “Mick” Cuches prosecuted the case and sought a mandatory minimum penalty for the firearm offense and further argued for the lengthy prison sentence due to the events on Nov. 23 and Oglesby’s significant criminal record dating back 40 years to 1979.
Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross sentenced Oglesby to 20 years in the Division of Corrections on each offense concurrent to each other, and sentenced Oglesby to the mandatory five-year minimum sentence on the firearm offense.
Cuches said the vehicle Oglesby was driving was stopped for speeding by Maryland State Police Trooper Tori Bertrand at 4:37 p.m. Nov. 23 on Route 301 north of Safety Drive after she observed the red SUV traveling over 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. Oglesby told police was driving from Georgia to visit family in Dover, Del.
Bertrand said she observed Oglesby to be nervous and fidgeting in the driver’s seat. She called for a K-9 handler. Dfc. Joseph Patikowski of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office responded with his K-9. A K-9 scan of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert to the presence of an odor of drugs in the car, police said.
A search of the car found a loaded Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun with a round in the chamber and 16 rounds in the magazine in the left driver’s side door compartment, two live rounds in the center console, a black cloth zipper bag containing 12 clear plastic baggies containing almost 30 grams of marijuana, a clear plastic baggie containing 10.7 grams of cocaine, another clear plastic baggie containing 5.3 grams of cocaine, four packages of mini Ziploc baggies, a package of small black rubber bands, a white plastic spoon containing trace amounts of cocaine and two black digital scales, police reported.
A check of the serial number of the Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun revealed it to be stolen, police said. The gun was sent to the Maryland State Police Firearm and Toolmark Unit where it was test fired and found to be operable. The drugs were sent to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division where they were tested and confirmed to be marijuana and cocaine.