A Bel Air man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for his role in a prescription drug operation rooted in Harford County.
Ronnie Stocks, 34, of Bel Air, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake to 126 months in jail, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, according to a statement from Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to his guilty plea, Stocks got oxycodone from about 12 sources in 2010 and 2011 and distributed those pills to 36 people for about $100 at a time.
During the investigation conducted by the Harford County Drug Task Force, some of Stocks' customers told investigators the details of purchases while a court approved wiretap of his cell phone recorded Stocks conducting dozens of transactions, prosecutors said.
Shortly before his arrest in April 2011, law enforcement learned Stocks sold a firearm. After his arrest police, searched Stocks' home and vehicle where they found more than 40 oxycodone pills, the statement said.
In addition to Stocks, 13 other people were arrested after what police called one of the largest drug investigations conducted in Harford County.
At the time of his arrest, Stocks was identified as the leader of the drug operation, police said.
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