Southern Md. Police Beat: Cops say drug dealer suspect “Big Man” kept good records of his sales; also has a record of leniency by prosecutors

James Big Man Hughes drug dealing ledgers

LEONARDTOWN, MD.  – It pays to keep track of which cokeheads owe money, who bought heroin last month, which pill poppers are the most dependable pill heads and to list suppliers who always give an annual calendar to their best customers.

According to Capt. Daniel Alioto, the commander of the Vice Narcotics Division of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, the records kept by James W. Hughes, 26, of 46183 Unit B Drayden Road, in Drayden, Md., documented his activity in a drug ledger.

Alioto reports that detectives identified a residence in Leonardtown as a distribution point for prescription medications. A search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team, Narcotics Support Team members, and K-9 deputies. Detectives recovered Xanax, marijuana, Suboxone, a drug ledger which documented distribution activity, more than $700.00 in cash, packaging material, and cell phones.

Arrested on the scene by Deputy Thomas Seyfried was James Wesley Hughes Jr. aka “Big Man”.  Hughes was charged with the drug violations and additional charges, and other arrests are pending, depending on how many of his competitors he gives up to the cops.

On July 20, 2012, Hughes was charged by St. Mary’s Deputy James R. Molitor with malicious property destruction and assault. Represented by Leonardtown attorney A. Shane Mattingly, Hughes was able to work a sweet plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on Oct. 18, 2012. THE DEAL: for pleading guilty, thereby saving Fritz from having to try the case, Hughes was given a sixty day sentence with all of it suspended and zero fine. No fine, no time. Hughes was on probation until Oct. 18, 2014.

On Sept. 24, 2010, Hughes, at the time living at 20470 Bowles Road in Colton’s Point, Md., was charged with assault by Officer V. Evans. On Jan. 20, 2011, in Calvert County District Court, Hughes struck a plea deal, and he pleaded guilty with a sentence of six months in jail and none of the time suspended. He was represented by Public Defender Allison M. O’Connell whose salary is paid by the taxpayers, in spite of being a successful alleged drug dealer.

On Sept. 1, 2009 Hughes was indicted by the Grand Jury in St. Mary’s County, Md., on charges of possession and distribution of drugs. Hughes struck a plea deal with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz and entered a guilty plea on Jan. 14, 2011, with a sentence of nine long months in jail. In the Alice in Wonderland World of Maryland Courts, where Judges can reconsider a sentence on a whim at any time and without giving any reason, can change or eliminate a sentence – Hughes went to jail.  Or did he? The arresting officer in the case was St. Mary’s Deputy Milton Pesante. Court records reflect that on Jan. 9, 2012 a modification made in the case.

On July 17, 2009, Hughes struck a plea deal with the Calvert County States Attorney and pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana while other charges, including possession of drugs while in jail dropped. He was sentenced to thirty days in jail with all of the jail time suspended. Hughes was represented by the Public Defender.

On Feb. 28, 2008 Hughes wasn’t as big with court records showing he was weighing in at a mere 320 pounds and having an address of Birch Circle in Mechanicsville.  On that date, he was charged with several drug charges and once again pleaded guilty. Represented by Leonardtown attorney A. Shane Mattingly, Hughes was able on June 11, 2008 to pick up a verdict of probation before judgment with a fine of $250.50. Fritz let Hughes skate without any jail time and put on probation for one year.

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