Drug charges for ex-Harford councilman result in $20,000 bail

An ex-Harford, Maryland, councilman is facing charges for multiple drug crimes. It isn’t his first run-in with law enforcement, either. He was arrested in 2012 for various DWI-related charges. The 45-year-old man recently appeared in front of a Harford County circuit court judge after a grand jury indicted him on four drug charges.

Those charges were for felony possession of drugs with intent to distribute, a felony for keeping and maintaining a common nuisance, a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of drug paraphernalia. According to prosecutors, the former councilman was in possession of seven bags of marijuana, with a combined weight of about two and one-quarter pounds. The drugs were found in a home in Darlington, Maryland, by investigators with the Harford County Task Force. According to court records, the house where the drugs were found is not the same as the one listed as the man’s home address.

The man’s attorney asked for him to be released on his own recognizance, pointing out that his client turned himself in to authorities after the indictment came down. The judge, however, was not swayed by the former councilman’s ties to the community because this arrest violated his probation from the 2012 DWI conviction. His bail was set at $20,000. He must post 10 percent in order to be released.

When facing serious drug charges, it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. You will need a sound defense strategy that is based on challenging the evidence, including police reports, witness statements and more.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Former Harford councilman facing marijuana charges” David Anderson, The Aegis, Nov. 25, 2014