BERLIN — A Berliner, who pleaded guilty in federal court in April to possession of nearly 400 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, was sentenced last Friday to seven years in prison.
Marcus Pitts, 49, of Berlin, pleaded guilty in April in US District Court to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. According to Pitts’ guilty pleas, in September 2018, members of the Worcester County Crime Enforcement Team (WCCET) were investigating Pitts for alleged drug distribution. While conducting surveillance at the Pitts residence, investigators observed a suspected drug addict entering the residence, exiting shortly thereafter, and then driving away, according to police reports.
Investigators conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and recovered a glass smoking pipe and the small amount of cocaine, which the suspect admitted he had just purchased from Pitts, according to police reports. On September 14, 2018, WCCET members executed a search warrant at Pitts’ residence and recovered approximately 396 grams of crack cocaine, baking soda, a Pyrex glass dish, plastic bags, a digital scale box empty, three cell phones and nearly $1,500 in cash. .
An additional cell phone was recovered from Pitts outside the residence. A subsequent search warrant of cell phones revealed numerous text messages indicating that Pitts was involved in dealing crack cocaine. Pitts was released on state bail in September 2018.
He was re-arrested on federal warrant in January 2019. At the time of his arrest, Pitts was in possession of a bag of crack, which he allegedly attempted to throw away when officers approached him. A cellphone was also recovered from Pitts at the time of his arrest, and a search revealed text messages indicating Pitts continued to distribute crack cocaine while out on state bail.
Pitts and the federal government agreed that if the court accepted the plea deal, Pitts would be sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Pitts appeared in federal court on Friday for a sentencing hearing and was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised probation upon his release.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended Homeland Security Investigations and the WCCET, comprised of the Ocean City Police Department, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, of the Pocomoke City Police Department and the Ocean Pines Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance.