Verdict: Jury Takes 40 Minutes to Decide Dealer’s 3 Ounces of Crack Weren’t for Personal Use

A Lancaster man was convicted this week of dealing crack cocaine after a jury decided his ‘personal use’ defense was without merit.

The jury deliberated about 40 minutes before returning a guilty verdict against 32-year-old Antonio Lary to a felony count of possession with intent to deliver.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman presented evidence that Lary had 87 grams of crack cocaine in a pocket during a June 7, 2018, traffic stop in Lancaster city.

Lary, at Lancaster County Prison on $450,000 bail, will be sentenced in a couple months after a background investigation. County Judge Jeffery Wright, who presided over the trial, will order sentence.

Lary presented a personal-use defense at trial, which Goldman debunked with testimony over the stash found by police.

Lary had over 70 grams in bulk form in one bag, and 14 grams (a half-ounce) in a separate bag which, Goldman argued, was weighed out for immediate sale.

The crack had an estimated street value between $4,000 and $8,000.

Lancaster city police Officer Timothy Sinnott filed charges.

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