A routine traffic stop in Perryville on March 2 led to the arrest of a couple after police found them in possession of a variety of drugs in their vehicle. Law enforcement personnel took a 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman into custody. The pair face drug charges for possession of controlled dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute. After the officer allegedly established probable cause, his search yielded 80 baggies or almost 26 grams of a substance believed to be heroin, one bag of nearly 8 grams of cocaine and a baggie of marijuana that weighed about 5 grams.
The man faces at least five criminal counts, including possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He is being held on $50,000 bail. The woman faces three counts including possession of a controlled dangerous substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on $35,000 bail.
Both individuals face serious possible penalties if they are convicted of all these drug charges. Each count means the offenders could be sentenced to minimum, mandatory penalties in accordance with the law. The courts could "stack" the sentences so that they run consecutively, or back-to-back rather than consecutively.
A criminal defense attorney might be able to help the defendants by discussing the case with prosecutors. The attorney may examine whether or not probable cause was properly established by the officer and may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that could combine some of the charges and lessen the consequences the suspects face. In addition, an attorney may be able to argue for substance abuse treatment for clients so that they could lead a productive and drug-free lifestyle.
Source: Cecil Daily, "Two Perryville residents face drug charges after traffic stop," Jacob Owens, March 4, 2013