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| August 02, 2009, 10:39 AM | 6 Comments

3 Lbs Of Pot= 2 Days In Jail

Once again, the Judges of Anne Arundel County are running amok.  This time, Judge Paul Hackner sentenced a drug dealer to two days in county prison –which he had already served when he was arrested!

Back on April 3, 2009, we reported on a major drug bust in Severna Park, where Arthur Paul Gonsalves was arrested for dealing drugs from his gas station.

Detectives located 30.9 grams of suspected marijuana under the front counter. Detectives located a locked safe in the back office, where 30 bags of suspected marijuana were seized. Additionally, detectives located and seized an additional 29 bags of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, over $13,000.00 of U.S. Currency and over 6 grams of suspected cocaine from the back office.

This guy had an ounce under the counter ready to go to the next customer and had 59 more bags waiting! And to round out his inventory, he also had a quarter ounce of cocaine!  This was not a roach found under the seat (which incidentally has drawn more prison time in the past), the guy had the dope, the scales, the money and the intent to distribute drugs.

And this also needs to be recognized for what it is–a slap in the face to the law enforcement officers who worked so hard to take this dealer off the streets.  What was the cost of a 2 month investigation by police? What message does this send to them? At the very least, maybe the dealer could cough up some of his drug money to pay for the investigation. Judge Hackner, you truly should be ashamed!

Once again, our Jokestice system has failed us!   Why wasn’t this drug dealer given $20 and told to go play in Baltimore? It worked so well the last time when Hackner sentenced a man who broke into the police station, stole uniforms, impersonated an officer and tried to steal services from the Loews Annapolis Hotel.  Is the bench in Anne Arundel County in need of a daily dose of Aricept?

And a special note to The Sunday Capital,

“Things went terribly bad for him,” Fayne said, noting that Gonsalves stood to loose $250,000 if the gas station went out of business. “It’s unfortunately as simple as that.”

You should know better! AND you are paid to know better.

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  1. MTP says:

    Do we know all of the facts about Arthur Paul Gonsalves himself? Maybe he has a clean record. Maybe he has a family. He’s definitely someone’s child. What if this were your son or brother or father or husband? Judge Hackner earned his post and made what he thought was the right call.

  2. Eye Spy says:

    The paper reported that indeed he did not have a criminal past. Said he fell on hard times financially and turned to selling drugs to make money. I am sorry, but it is a poor choice and unfortunately people need to live with those choices. This was not a small amount of pot. This also included cocaine, so the guy was obviously into dealing drugs. 2 days is ridiculous and a slap in the face of every cop that is out there trying to get rid of the drugs on our streets. I am not saying the guy needs to be locked up for 20 years, but 2 days is absurd. People serve more time than that for failing to show up for jury duty or stealing a pack of gum.

  3. Simply unreal. Truly the end is near. The whole state seems to be a mess. Why even have drug and dealing be illegal if this is the kinda sentence handed down in the end?
    .-= A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.´s last blog ..Dixon Defenders, I Got The Proof, Sheila Don’t Care =-.

  4. Bill says:

    This sentence was way too harsh. The man should have received a PBJ and an apology. He was the only true public servant in the courtroom. Everyone else was just a parasite on the taxpayer.

  5. Nicole says:

    I thought it was very funny that I noticed the grammar error when reading the article as well.
    I dont want anyone to think I am taking sides, but while there was a 2 month investigation, the gas station was robbed several times. Whats up with that?! I’ve been in a gas station while someone robbed it and it wasn’t fun. Why didn’t police investigate why it was being robbed so much, and i don’t know the facts but have any of those people been convicted?

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