Ruther Glen man to serve 10 years on drug charges
A Ruther Glen man will spend nearly 10 years in prison on drug and weapons charges.
Glen Jerome Flanagan, 48, pleaded guilty in Caroline County Circuit Court today to three counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, two firearm possession charges, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and driving on a revoked license.
Judge J. Howe Brown sentenced Flanagan to 32 years in prison with all but 9 years and seven months suspended.
Before his sentence was announced, Flanagan, a convicted felon, asked the judge for mercy saying his criminal history is all based on his addiction to heroin.
“I’m a drug addict, not a drug dealer,” he told Judge Brown. “As far as me being a menace to society, well that’s just unfair.”
Defense Attorney Kathy Hancock said Flanagan was using heroin as a coping method for the problems in his life, which included the death of his mother and becoming the sole caretaker for his ill father, who died after Flanagan’s arrest.
His prior criminal history includes attempted robber, shoplifting and drug possession on the 90′s.
Flanagan’s arrest on the recent charges was preceded by an undercover drug operation by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Glen Henkle, investigators received a tip that Flanagan was selling heroin from his home on Penola Road.
On May 18, Flanagan was spotted in the Carmel Church area of the county and arrested during a traffic stop.
Henkle said that during a search of the car, deputies found Flanagan’s 1-year-old grandson along with $1,000 worth of what authorities believed to be heroin. The child was released to family members and the incident reported to Child Protective Services.
Investigators executed a search warrant at Flanagan’s home and seized a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, suspected marijuana and numerous drug-related items, Henkle said.