Cannaday acquitted of drug dealing, convicted of gun and drug possession charges

A jury found a former GW counselor guilty Thursday of drug and gun possession but acquitted him on charges of dealing drugs.

In August, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and officers with the Metropolitan Police Department raided the home of Lawrence Cannaday, 52, and found two guns, cocaine, marijuana and drug distribution supplies, according to court documents. Cannaday lived in the Potomac Park apartments at 21st and F Streets.

Cannaday worked in the Multicultural Student Services Center for 14 years, until 2006. He is the brother of GW’s Assistant Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services, Helen Cannaday Saulny.

He was found guilty Thursday of four offenses – possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition – and is being held in custody until his sentencing on June 2. The jury acquitted him on the four remaining charges and their subsections, which include possession with intent to distribute cocaine while armed in a drug-free zone and possession of a firearm during a crime.

During the post-verdict bail hearing, Cannaday asked to be released. Though the prosecution testified he had tested positive for cocaine and opiates up until March 12th, Cannaday said he is now taking up to 80 milligrams of methadone per day.

But Judge Russell Canan said Cannaday was a risk to the community, and ordered him held without bond pending sentence.

“The combination of guns and drugs alone says there is a danger to the community,” Canan said.

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