By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer
(May 16, 2019) A 41-year-old man will serve five years behind bars after being found guilty of cocaine possession and distribution charges, the state’s attorney’s office said last Thursday.
Monqual Sturgis of Berlin was sen- tenced last Tuesday to 12 years in prison, with all but five years were suspended, according to the state’s attorney’s office. Sturgis will be on supervised probation following his release.
Sturgis was charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute a narcotic. He had entered not guilty pleas on both counts.
Members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on May 30, 2018 at Sturgis’ apartment on Bay Street in Berlin, according to police. Detectives seized three baggies of powder and crack cocaine, as well as more than $1,000 in cash in his bedroom.
The powder cocaine weighed approximately 12 grams, and the crack cocaine weighed more than eight grams, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Following his arrest, Sturgis posted a $45,000 bond on May 31, 2018.
The investigative team was made up of the members of the Maryland State Police, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Pocomoke Police Department, and the Ocean City Po- lice Department, according to the state’s attorney’s office.