Southern Md. Police Beat: TEN YEAR SENTENCE /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


UPDATE- Jimmy ‘Big Man’ Hughes Sentenced to Ten Years for Distribution of Drugs

LEONARDTOWN, MD. — The arrest of James “Jimmy Big Man” Hughes announced on Dec. 24, 2014, by then-Vice Commander for St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department, Capt. Daniel Alioto included charges for possession of drugs and paraphernalia with a promise of more charges yet to be placed. That arrest came on Dec. 23, 2014, and a plea deal was struck with St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on April 30, 2015.  THE DEAL: Jimmy ‘Big Man Hughes entered a guilty plea to the paraphernalia charge and the possession charge was dropped. In return for the guilty plea, Hughes was fined $442.50 with no jail time. Hughes employed attorney Ryan McDonagh Posey as his attorney to arrange this deal with Fritz.

The promised additional drug dealing charges that Alioto recited appeared in the form of a Grand Jury of the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County, Md., Indictments issued on Jan. 12, 2017. Hughes was represented by attorney Michael Anthony Klopfer, of Waldorf. St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Detectives involved with the investigation were Deputies Godwin, Pesante, Whipkey, Meyer, and Moses.

One count of possession of drugs and one count of distribution of drugs were accounted for due to an offense that took place on March 17, 2016. That day wasn’t providing the luck of the Irish to ‘Big Man’ Jimmy Hughes, a large Irish fellow who went to jail on St. Patrick’s Day. But the luck of the Irish would soon be with Hughes once again – or not.

When prosecutors cook up deals with drug dealers the court process is streamlined instead of being dragged out for a couple of years, as the information given to police and prosecutors involving other miscreants needs to be acted upon while it is fresh. Or, as in this case, police can have a lot of time to determine the value of any information that may have been provided to them and weigh the value of any such tips. On May 12, 2017, Hughes entered a guilty plea to distribution of drugs and the charge of possession of drugs was dropped.

This wheeling and dealing took place about the same time that Capt. Alioto suddenly was booted out of his role as Commander of the Vice Division by St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron and Alioto vanished into an early retirement with a huge cut in his retirement pay as he was short a few years for full retirement.

THE DEAL: Fritz exacted a very big pound of flesh from Hughes, who could easily spare the same from his 375-pound frame. In return for the guilty plea by Hughes he was sentenced to twenty long years in prison.  BUT WAIT. There is more. Court records show that ten years of the sentence was suspended! BUT WAIT. There is more. Hughes was given credit for four days he spent in jail waiting for a bail hearing. He was also ordered to be on probation for five years. BUT WAIT. There is more. On May 25, 2017, a motion was made by Hughes’ defense attorney for “Reconsideration” of the sentence.  That is when a Judge can completely wipe out the tough sentence handed down in court when the public is watching and the Judge can then do anything he wants, including and up to, turning Hughes into a Leprechaun. The prosecutor then offered an answer to the motion which was filed on June 7, 2017.

Court records for the indictments connected to the above case and issued on Jan. 12, 2017 for criminal offenses that occurred on April 8, 2016, resulted in a plea deal with a sentence of twenty years in prison with all of the sentence suspended. With ten years not suspended, at least, not yet, Hughes has nearly ten years to serve in prison. He may be eligible for parole and be allowed to leave sooner.

On May 12, 2017, court records show that an order for probation was issued for whenever a Judge cuts short his sentence. At the present time, the last entry for Hughes on his Facebook page was on May 6, 2017, and Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services shows that as of Oct. 21, 2017, James Wesley Hughes Jr. is an inmate of the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, Md., prisoner # 457035.

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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