A 30-year-old New York man was pulled over and subsequently charged with several drug crimes in Maryland. Police say that he was stopped because he did not change lanes upon seeing another police officer who was dealing with an unrelated traffic stop. The officer reported that he noted "several criminal indicators" during the traffic stop.
A Maryland man has been taken into police custody after a three-month investigation was conducted by authorities. The man is believed to be one of the top heroin dealers in Southern Maryland. He faces multiple drug charges, including possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
A 33-year-old man from Anne Arundel County was taken into custody on March 21 for the third time within 90 days. He faces four counts of drug charges, including a charge for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, after law enforcement personnel searched his home. They allegedly found more than 35 grams of marijuana, valued at more than $700, and 1.4 grams of heroin, worth about $170. According to the authorities, he was held with no bond at a detention facility. Police initiated the search after area complaints of possible drug traffic at the residence. In addition to the drugs, officers also reportedly found more than $500 in cash.
There are many different circumstances that can lead to an arrest on drug charges, but one of the most common is a traffic stop. People who are transporting illegal drugs, whether in small quantities for personal use or large amounts for distribution, are usually aware that violating traffic laws increases the chances that they will be caught. Running a red light or speeding past a state trooper is a good way to get pulled over, and if the officer who stops you finds probable cause to search your vehicle, you could find yourself in serious legal trouble.
For many Maryland residents, the borders with Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia may not mean much, but for criminal courts, traveling with drugs across a border could make a relatively minor drug crime into something much more serious. If someone is convicted of a felony drug charge in Maryland, it is possible that he or she could face years in prison and large fines. In some cases, it is impossible to avoid prison time because of mandatory minimum prison sentences, making it extremely important to work with a criminal defense attorney as soon as someone is charged with a felony drug crime.