For Immediate Release 4/14/2017
West Baltimore—This week, Nakia Scott was convicted by a Baltimore City jury and sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspend all but 5 years, for two counts of possession with intent to distribute. Assistant State’s Attorney Corey Kropp prosecuted the case.
After monitoring two properties in the 1000 block of West Fayette Street for approximately six weeks, police gathered enough evidence for a search and seizure warrant. On August 17, 2016, police executed warrants at the Poppleton neighborhood properties—seizing 473 gel caps of heroin, 105 jugs of cocaine, a digital scale and $1,519.00 in cash between both properties.
Scott and two other individuals were taken into custody. Scott claimed responsibility for the drugs and paraphernalia found at one property and possessed a key that unlocked the door of the other property.
At trial, Scott produced a witness who claimed to have lived at the residence that was raided, and testified that he had moved from the location but had asked Scott to visit his former home to pick up laundry on the day police raided the home. Kropp, however, rebutted this defense by producing evidence of Scott’s possession of a key to the second property—which was vacant—where police found additional drugs and paraphernalia.
“Drug dealing destabilizes our neighborhoods and increases the likelihood of violent crime; therefore, we must send a message that we will prosecute people who flagrantly violate the law by engaging in this type of criminal activity,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.