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School parking lot bust may lead to harsher sentence

July 13th, 2011 11:53 pm by Becky Campbell

Two men police say chose a school parking lot to conduct drug sales will face harsher punishment for choosing that location if they are convicted.
Darrell I. Fleming, 20, 106 Terrace Court, Apt. 3, and Ian M. Cole, 20, 189 Riverview Road, were each charged with delivering and intent to sell a schedule III controlled substance on school grounds.
Fleming also was charged with resisting arrest, driving without a license, violation of the financial responsibility law and violation of the registration law.
The men were arraigned on the charges Thursday in Washington County Sessions Court. Judge Robert Lincoln appointed attorneys to represent them and set a hearing date for Thursday.
Their arrest came after a citizen called police to report suspicious activity in the parking lot of Town Acres Elementary School, 2310 Larkspur Drive, around noon Wednesday.
When officers approached the vehicle, Fleming reportedly grabbed a yellow baggie and put it in his mouth. A short scuffle between police and Fleming took place when officers tried to make him spit the baggie out.
Fleming was apparently able to get the baggie swallowed, and police said they later overheard him say he shouldn’t have done that “because he just cut it last night and now he won’t be able to sleep the rest of the day.”
Police believe Fleming was referring to crack cocaine when he made the “cutting” remark.
Officers searched the car, but didn’t find cocaine. Instead, they located several blue pills with “Watson 540” imprinted on them.
Police believe the men were selling either cocaine or the blue pills, which resulted in the drug sale charge.
Officers seized the pills, $165 cash and the 1985 blue Cadillac Fleming was driving.
Sale of schedule III drugs is a Class C felony and carries three to six years in prison.
When the offense occurs on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of a school, the offense is enhanced to a Class B felony. That carries eight to 12 years in prison and is non-probatable.
Fleming and Cole remain jailed in the Washington County Detention Center — Fleming on $25,000 bond and Cole on a $20,000 bond.

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