BALTIMORE (WJZ)—An Eastern Shore cocaine dealer has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Ranson Chandler Jr., 37, of Salisbury, is convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced Friday to 123 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Law enforcement say Chandler conspired with Terron Lamont Crump and others to distribute cocaine on the Eastern Shore during October and November 2012.

In an intercepted call on Nov. 27, 2012, Chandler and Crump discussed the price of “the hard knock,” which Chandler was attempting to procure for a third party. Crump told Chandler that the price was “one even,” or $1,000 per ounce, but that he (Crump) would not be able “to get to it” until the following day. At approximately 10 a.m. the next morning, officers observed a drug transaction between Chandler and Crump near the Route 50 Diner in Salisbury. After the transaction took place, the officers attempted to arrest Chandler who, while attempting to flee, crashed his vehicle into a vehicle occupied by three law enforcement officers.

Chandler was arrested. During a search, officers recovered approximately 68 grams of cocaine from Chandler’s pants pocket and an additional 197 grams of cocaine from his vehicle, as well as a loaded (and stolen) 9 mm handgun.

Crump, 35, of Fruitland, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was scheduled to a year and a day in prison.

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