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A Prince Frederick man was found guilty Sept. 28 by a Calvert County Circuit Court jury of being a drug kingpin in connection with the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine.

William Randolph Kyler Jr., 39, was found guilty of two counts each of being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of narcotics with intent to distribute and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, and one count each of CDS proceeds from offense and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

A sentencing hearing for Kyler is scheduled for Dec. 14.

The charges stemmed from a 2010 investigation by the Calvert County Drug Enforcement Unit, according to a Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office press release. Several search and seizure warrants revealed Kyler in possession of more than 700 grams of cocaine and more than $105,000, the press release states.

The investigation, which began in July 2010, revealed Kyler was the primary supplier of crack cocaine among a group of people, according to original reports. During the investigation, a confidential informant bought crack cocaine from Kyler, and police obtained search and seizure warrants for four residences and two businesses related to Kyler.

During the warrant's execution, police allegedly found and recovered about 702 grams of suspected cocaine, about 142 grams of crack cocaine and $14,000 in cash at Kyler Photo Shop in Prince Frederick. Police also seized a Chevrolet SUV.

The cocaine was being distributed mainly in Prince Frederick and Lusby. Police also searched two homes in White Sands and two homes in the Calvert Towne community in Prince Frederick and a St. Leonard barber shop where no drugs were found.

According to the charging documents, a navy blue and brown suitcase was allegedly located at Kyler's business containing the suspected cocaine and suspected crack cocaine, ingredients used to manufacture crack cocaine, glass cookware and other bakeware used to manufacture crack cocaine, a digital scale and $14,000 in cash. A single-burner hot plate, which can be used to cook crack cocaine, also was located in the business.

The suspected cocaine and crack cocaine tested positive in a field test. While conducting surveillance, detectives allegedly saw Kyler carrying the suitcase from a barber shop.

Kyler has prior court convictions, including a Dec. 18, 1998, conviction of possession with intent to distribute a narcotic, court records state.

Along with the sheriff's office, members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, the Charles County Sheriff's Office, the Maryland State Police and the Drug Enforcement Unit assisted in the investigation.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com