On June 4, 2021, Lashawn Royall of Salisbury, Maryland, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction before the Honorable S. James Sarbanes Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County.
Judge Sarbanes sentenced Lashawn Royall to an aggregate sentence of thirty-five (35) years of incarceration, with all but seventeen (17) years suspended. Due to the nature of the convictions, Royall will be required to serve five (5) years of incarceration without the possibility of parole. Upon release, Royall will be supervised on probation for three (3) years.
Members of the Wicomico County Sheriffs Office Community Action Team conducted an investigation into Royall distributing drugs from a residence in Salisbury, Maryland. On June 10, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search and seizure warrant for Royall’s residence.
Pursuant to the search, officers seized more than an ounce of cocaine, approximately 21 pounds of Marijuana, a loaded .380 Semi Automatic handgun, other drug trafficking paraphernalia, $33,343.18 and a 2014 Audi A5 vehicle.
Soon thereafter, members of the Sheriff’s Office received information that Royall was continuing to distribute narcotics. Consequently, on February 2, 2021, law enforcement officers again executed a search and seizure warrant for Royall’s Residence.
Pursuant to the February 2021 search, officers seized almost an ounce of Cocaine, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana, a loaded .357 revolver handgun, other drug trafficking paraphernalia, $5,649 and a 2006 BMW 550i vehicle. Royall is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a 2017 conviction for drug trafficking in the State of Delaware. As a result of the plea, Royall forfeited all items seized.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes commended Corporal T. Bennett, Detective T. Gilmore and other members of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for their work in this investigation. State’s Attorney Dykes also commended Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Calabrese, who prosecuted the case.
S/A Dykes said “The illegal drug trade brings violence to our community. Those who chose to engage in the illegal trade in Wicomico County should know that they will be relentlessly pursued by law enforcement and vigorously prosecuted”.
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