Less than two years after he promised to turn his life around and tearfully pleaded with a judge for leniency, a man wanted in two states was caught carrying drugs at a Main Street motel, police said.

According to Lt. Fred Nelson, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, officers got a tip that Newark-area resident Xavier McGhee, 25, was at the Super 8 Motel at 268 E. Main St. Police arrested him without incident in the motel’s parking lot at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers found 131 baggies of suspected heroin on his person as well as 12 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 115 grams of suspected marijuana in his motel room, Nelson said.

McGhee was charged with several counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, Nelson said, noting that the aggravating factor was the proximity to the New Ark United Church of Christ. McGhee was committed to the Howard Young Correction Institution after failing to post $30,000 secured bond.

Nelson said McGhee was wanted in Montgomery County, Pa., for fleeing and eluding police and in Cecil County, Md., for violating probation.

The Maryland probation stems from a November 2015 arrest in Elkton in which he was found in possession of heroin during a traffic stop on Elkton Road.

During the traffic stop, McGhee got out of the front passenger’s side and ran away toward a nearby McDonald’s. Unbeknownst to McGhee, he was running toward two K-9 officers, both of whom happened to be in the McDonald’s parking lot while handling an unrelated matter.

McGhee turned away from the K-9 officers after spotting them and ran through a grassy area toward Elkton Road, while tossing white bundles containing heroin onto the ground. The officers chased McGhee who, after running only a short distance, stopped and raised his arms in surrender.

In March 2016, a Cecil County judge sentenced McGhee to 20 years in prison but suspended most of it, giving him only 18 months to serve. The prosecutor had asked for five years of active incarceration.

During his sentencing, McGhee tearfully apologized to his family members. He thanked them for “still believing” in him and for supporting him and vowed that he would change his life for the better.

“He was contrite. He wept openly. His family members clearly care for him, and he clearly cares for them. They spoke on his behalf and showed their support for him. You don’t see that very often,” his lawyer, Edward A. Richitelli, said after the hearing. “I believe the judge took all of that into consideration and gave my client a break. Hopefully, he will get on the right path now.”

If convicted of violating his probation, McGhee could be sentenced to serve the remaining 18.5 years of his original sentence.

Reporter Carl Hamilton contributed to this article.

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Rich black

A dangerous drug dealer was released without jail time after promising to stop? How can we fire the judge? And also the probation officer who lost track of him?


Whoa, whoa, Rich, let's not bee too hasty here. The judge showed some compassion and based on his instinct, evidently felt this guy deserved a second chance to turn himself around. I certainly find no fault with his thinking. He was given the benefit of his seemingly genuine remourse, and, in front of the judge, promised to turn himself around. Now we see him for what he is, so now he should pay the steepest price allowed by law. Can't confirm anything about his PO, his involvement was not part of the story.


Enough is enough, this guy hoodwinked his family members (duh) and the judge, perhaps his emotional pleas from here on out will land on deaf ears, as they should. Now put him away not only to serve his remaining 18.5 years, but also throw another 30 years at him for being dishonest about rehabilitation and his stupidity.

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