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Bel Air Man Gets 10 Years For Dealing Pain Killers

Ronnie Stocks was charged in 2011 along with 13 others as a result of a large-scale wiretap investigation conducted by the Harford County Drug Task Force.

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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Elaine M.Stewart January 09, 2013 at 06:27 PM
One day all of the people who were involved and got off will also get there's i believe in a higher being who sees all and knows all.instead of casting blame or hateful words try some pity.being hooked on drugs of any sort have to be a miserable way to live.I pray God will help all that's involved and forgive them for what they have done to the public but most of all seek help to help them over come their addition.may God bless all who were hurt and involved in this ordeal.
JDK January 09, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Oh Ronnie, when will you learn?
Jordan January 09, 2013 at 09:08 PM
The funny thing is, half of the people reading this article in disgust have no clue that there kids are out doing these same prescription drugs. Its an epidemic that will never stop! Instead of huge prison sentences, i feel rehabs and drug programs may be better suited.
Barbara R January 10, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Thank you Harford Co. Drug Task Force... keep it up!
mommy January 10, 2013 at 04:21 AM
he gets ten years but the chick who supplied him and had over 2500 pills gets less than two??? thank u Harford co for leaving my child fatherless...if he raped someone he would be out by next month.i don't agree with his mistakes, but that sentence was outrageous. rehab and counseling or supervised release for legal drug...wasn't crack or heroin!!!
BadRonald January 10, 2013 at 08:39 AM
3/4 of the people reading this site know someone or have a family member abuseing pills or other drugs, the pills are just as addictive as herion and the companies making this stuff know it and have known it. The Drs giving it out for every ache and pain know it also. I think the reason why Mr Stocks got more time is because it wasnt his 1st offense and others made deals for less time. You dont get thousands of pills from a script so obviously from a investigative standpoint a person that is getting the pills have more valueable information then someone selling them.
Michelle January 10, 2013 at 02:53 PM
He broke the law and I'm sure this wasn't his first offense if he got that sentence. If you were so concerned about your child's father, maybe you should have gotten him into rehab yourself!!! I applaud Harford County's decision!
Luke January 10, 2013 at 05:05 PM
The day Ronnie gets out, the day none of these people say a word about Ronnie again lol
JC January 10, 2013 at 06:17 PM
It ISN'T his first. In the last 15 years or so he has eight separate criminal charges, a domestic violence charge, was forced into a paternity suit, has multiple non-criminal citations along with a grand jury indictment. The real outrage is why wasn't he already in jail instead of on the street selling narcotics. I think "mommy" should think long and hard about whether this man really is or should be a "father" figure for her child. His sentence was just and my only complaint is that it was too late coming.
Elaine M.Stewart January 10, 2013 at 06:18 PM
I'm sure people are quick to judge but slow to offer help.Mr.Stocks was probably a user and needed help.yes i know there programs out there to help drug users.but until a person can admit they have a problem there's nothing any one can do (I'm sure his baby's mother tried to help him) so there's no need to be mean.if you don't have any one in your family on any type of drugs you need to thank your God because you are one of the lucky one's.if you are a mom just keep living one day you will see that it isn't as easy as you think to get a person to do what's best for them.I'm by no means excusing what Mr.Stocks did.yes he was wrong and I'm sure he regrets his mistake.maybe this saved him.
matt schroeder January 10, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Your baby daddy is nothing but trouble and has demonstrated as much over the years. Just because this is all he was caught for, does not mean it was all that he got into! Come on now! Perhaps you should have selected a better mate....
Danial Carver January 10, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Hey, Ronnie was just trying to provide for his family, the best way he knew how. High risk. High reward. He was living the good life for awhile but got a little too comfy in doing what he did. Don't worry. Someone else will pick up the slack.
matt schroeder January 10, 2013 at 08:42 PM
LOL, no one gonna remember Ronniein 10 years! "Friends" leave when the money and drugs dry up.
matt schroeder January 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM
"thank u Harford co for leaving my child fatherless" Seems like you should be thanking Ronnie..... People like you are exactly what is wrong with this country. Always want to blame someone else.
Hcs January 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
"Get real" In life people make mistakes and bad decisions , that does not mean that they are bad people. Im sure some of you and people you know have made some decisions that they are not happy with and that decision they made affected their life dramaticly.Harford co spent a lot of money investigating the so called drug ring , to me it looks more like a bunch of addicts trying to get high for free or on someone elses money.they had to put on a big show to justify all of our money they spent on these guys while under investigation and wiretaps, all the man hours ect..im sure that played a big role in his sentence.Its soooo easy to get into a life style , but after a while most people dont have any clue on how to get out and how to change it for the better.I feel for mommy and her kid, i know what it feels like to b a single parent and to not have a father figure in your life. Befor someone passes judement on someone or someones family , sitback and think, things like this could could happen to you and anybody you know , we are all human and no ones perfect.....
BadRonald January 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Sorry but not everyone uses drugs, it just does not happen and if you are on tape setting up meetings and have 2000 pills you are a dealer and therefore not innocent, Some were using their product and some were in it for the money. The ones in it for the money were driving new vehicles with fancy toys and are real easy to spot. Junkies drive clapped out cars or have no car at all. Harford co spends alot of money doing everything thats how they justify their budget and the high taxes we pay.
marylandinflorida February 18, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I think the sentence was a little harsh. and although ronnie was obviously misguided he is not the type of criminal that deserves this type of a prison sentence.

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