3 in Maryland charged with drug, weapons violations

3 in Maryland charged with drug, weapons violations

Drug charges are treated very seriously in Maryland, especially if they are believed to have been acquired with intent to sell. Often, drug charges can be compounded with other charges to result in longer, harsher penalties. Weapons charges, for example, are in some cases given more serious punishments when they occur simultaneously with drug charges.

This may be the case for three young Maryland residents, who were recently arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges. The arrest occurred in Waldorf, Maryland, in a hotel room. Officers had been called to the hotel on suspicion of drug activity.

When officers arrived at the location, they allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from the door of the hotel room. As the police officers stood outside the door, it opened, and two people walked out. As the door was opened, a third person apparently noticed the police officers. Authorities say he ran into the bathroom and attempted to flush drugs down the toilet.

Police searched the room and found loaded handgun, a half a pound of marijuana and approximately $1,300 in cash. Authorities also took possession of drug paraphernalia, six cell phones and a vehicle.

The three occupants of the room were arrested. Two were male, ages 25 and 23, and the third was a 19-year-old female. They were all charged with the same three offenses: possession with intent to distribute drugs, drug trafficking and possession of a firearm.

It is not clear, at this time, exactly what role each person played in the events that led up to the arrests. In situations such as this one, it is possible that some of the people arrested may not have been as culpable as others. They may not have been involved in any trafficking operations. Time, and further investigation, can usually determine whether this is so. This leaves an opportunity for a criminal defense attorney to work on a client’s defense to establish reasonable doubt.

Source:
The Bay Net, “Three charged with drug trafficking and possession of handgun” No Author Given, Oct. 30, 2013

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