Ocean City Police Beat: Pair charged with dealing drugs

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OCEAN CITY, MD. Ocean City Police Officer Michael Richardson arrested Margaret Jane Benchama, 52, of 9525 Old Ocean City Blvd on Oct. 22, 2014 on charges of distribution of drugs filed in the District Court for Worcester County, Md. The arrest took place at 100 64th Street in Ocean City, according to police.

Also arrested at the same location for drug distribution charges was Dale Whittington Brown, 61, of 424 Lark Lane in Ocean City, Md. Charges were brought by Officer Michael Richardson.

Brown, with an address of 11003 Grays Corner Road Lot #17 in Berlin, was charged by summons in Worcester County District Court on April 24, 2013 with charges of possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Worcester County States Attorney Beau Oglesby worked a plea deal with the Public Defender (paid for by taxpayers) and dropped the drug charges and accepted a guilty plea to possession of drug paraphernalia. A fine of $500 with court costs was agreed to and no jail time was assessed.

On July 24, 2010, Brown, who also has an address in Delmar, Md., was charged with multiple counts of drug equipment, paraphernalia, conducting a disorderly house, distribution of drugs, possession of firearms with drugs. In Wicomico County District Court on Oct. 25, 2010, Wicomico States Attorney Davis R. Ruark dropped or stet docketed all of the charges. Working the deal for Brown, was Berlin attorney E. Scott Collins.

In Worcester County Circuit Court Brown faced charges on Sept. 7, 2006 of possession of crack cocaine, burglary and possession of paraphernalia. In a plea deal with Worcester County States Attorney Joel Todd and the Public Defender (paid for by taxpayers), Brown pleaded guilty to the crack charge and the other charges were dropped. A sentence of one year in jail was agreed and his prior probation was revoked, according to court records. Since this is Maryland where prison sentences are virtually worthless, Brown was allowed to be released on probation which he violated and was sent back to the slammer.

On July 19, 2002, Maryland court records reflect that Brown was sentenced to 15 days in jail for the crime of false imprisonment for an offense which took place on June 7, 2000. Brown had been arrested by Wicomico Sheriff’s Dep. Jeffrey Rantz. The prosecutor arranging the deal was Wicomico County States Attorney Davis R. Ruark.


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