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Cross v. State

Decided: July 1, 1964.

CROSS
v.
STATE



Appeal from the Criminal Court of Baltimore (SODARO, J.).

The cause was argued before the entire Court.

PER CURIAM.

The defendant, claiming entrapment by a narcotics agent, contends that his motions for directed verdicts of acquittal were erroneously denied.

Within an eight-day period, the defendant, an addict, made four separate sales of heroin to an agent (introduced to defendant by an informer) under almost identical circumstances as to place of contact and completion of the transactions. The defendant, after inquiring whether the agent wanted to buy heroin, and being told that it would have to be produced first,

would disappear and return in a few minutes with the narcotics, after which he would be paid the agreed price in cash. The defendant admitted making each of the deliveries but denied they were "sales" because he only ran "errands" for the agent, whom he thought was also a "user." He also admitted taking money for the heroin but insisted that his only purpose was to purchase drugs for his own use and that this was known to the agent.

Since the evidence shows that the illegal transactions originated with the defendant, not the narcotics agent, there was no evidence of entrapment.Although the defendant's claim that he had been "enticed" to procure heroin for the agent on the promise of the agent that he would give the defendant "a fix" for himself, raised a conflict in the testimony which the trial court resolved adversely to the defendant, the asserted excuse of entrapment is indistinguishable from those unsuccessfully relied on in Lane v. State, 226 Md. 81, Stewart v. State, 232 Md. 318, and Snead v. State, 234 Md. 63.

We think the evidence was such as warranted conviction. See Toyer v. State, 234 Md. 324.

Judgments affirmed.

Disposition

Judgments affirmed.

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