A traffic stop in Maryland has led to drug charges for two people after state police stopped a vehicle in March 2018. State troopers said that they discovered heroin and other drugs inside the car and that a child was present at the time and in the presence of the drugs.
Police were patrolling near Routes 301 and 290 in the afternoon on March 4 when they noticed a traffic violation by one Toyota driving nearby. After this, the state police stopped the car and identified the passengers, a man and a woman. The police claim that "criminal indicators" prompted the police officer at the scene to request the presence of drug-detecting dogs at the traffic stop. The dog present indicated that drugs might be inside the vehicle, prompting the police to search the two people's car.
Inside the vehicle, police say that they found quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. They also say that they found five syringes and other items that are classified as drug paraphernalia. The 8-year-old daughter of the arrested woman was also in the car at the time of the traffic stop.
The driver and passenger in the vehicle were arrested and hit with an array of drug charges. These include possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana, controlled dangerous substance administrative equipment possession and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia not related to marijuana. They were also charged with reckless endangerment and neglect of a minor due to the presence of the 8-year-old in the car.
People in Maryland who are facing drug charges could deal with lifelong consequences as a result, including a felony criminal record, extensive fines and even jail time. A criminal defense lawyer can help people charged with drug crimes to challenge police activity and present a strong defense to the allegations before trial and in the courtroom.