A routine traffic stop in Maryland on the afternoon of Jan. 1 led to felony drug charges for two teenagers according to a press release from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office. An 18-year-old Delaware man and a 19-year-old Delaware man were charged with possessing drugs with the intent to distribute after the deputy who conducted the traffic stop allegedly found heroin and crack cocaine. They also face a sentencing enhancement because the incident took place less than 1,000 feet from an elementary school. Both men were denied bond and remain in custody at the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Maryland is not one of the states that has legalized recreational usage of marijuana, but it has decriminalized possession of small amounts, and there is a medical marijuana program. Despite the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana possession throughout much of the country, in 40% of the 2018 cases in which people were taken into custody on drug-related charges, the drug involved was marijuana. In fact, according to data from the FBI, more people are detained for marijuana than for any other drug.
A 27-year-old Maryland man was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Dec. 30 after being found guilty of carrying an illegal gun. He was given credit for the 275 days he has spent behind bars since his March 29 arrest. He was also given a 40 month suspended sentence for cocaine possession. The sentences were handed down by a judge in Washington County.
A Maryland teacher - and the wife of a local mayor - is facing two misdemeanor drug charges after she was accused of attempting to purchase drugs from a student. Specifically, she was accused of seeking to purchase ADHD medication, contacting the student over social media as well as text messages. She is accused of attempted possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana and contributing to certain conditions of a child. The latter charge is for an adult accused of encouraging or causing delinquency or illegal behavior by a child.
People in Maryland who are facing charges for selling substances that are similar to the drug fentanyl, also known as fentanyl analogs, may continue to face charges for selling Schedule 1 drugs if the government decides to renew an emergency order of the Drug Enforcement Agency. The order will expire in February 2020 if it is not renewed. Law enforcement says the order makes it easier for them to investigate and prosecute drug sellers, but critics say it disproportionately targets low-income people, people of color and users who are only selling a small amount.
According to federal authorities, rapper YGG Tay was taken into custody on drug charges at an apartment in Maryland. Authorities say that when he was taken into custody, he had $9,300 in his possession as well as a pistol. A search of his vehicle revealed a little more than 3 grams of heroin as well as a white substance.
Maryland State Police troopers responding to a two-vehicle accident in Carroll County on the afternoon of Nov. 16 took one of the drivers involved into custody after allegedly finding illegal drugs in his pockets. The Pennsylvania resident has been charged with two counts of drug possession and two counts of drug possession with the intent to distribute. Court records reveal that he was released on his own recognizance on Nov. 18.
On Oct. 17, troopers from the Maryland State Police arrested two people for alleged drug and gun crimes during a traffic stop. The incident took place around 12 p.m. in Prince George's County.
A Maryland man was recently sentenced to three decades in federal prison after being convicted of various crimes, including racketeering and drug conspiracy. He is reportedly a member of Baltimore's "Murdaland Mafia Piru" which has a history of violence.
A Maryland man who had been previously convicted of dealing heroin and fentanyl was sentenced by a United States district judge to nine years in prison. The man is one of the first to be sentenced under a new federal-state initiative in Maryland, which aims to stop the fentanyl crisis.