Two Virginia residents face drug charges in Maryland following a traffic stop in Ocean City. The traffic stop occurred at about 2 a.m. at 85th Street and Coastal Highway in the resort community. According to law enforcement, erratic driving, including swerving in and out of traffic lanes, precipitated the stop. The officers allege that when they approached the vehicle at the time of the stop, they detected the odor of marijuana.
Police conducted a search of the vehicle. The search resulted in the discovery of various items of drug paraphernalia as well as six individual packages containing heroin. The police also found 10 various prescription pills, according to law enforcement personnel. The driver was identified by the police as a 24-year-old female and the passenger a 25-year-old male.
The specific drug charges lodged against the pair include possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. They also each face a charge of removing a label from a prescription medication, a charge of transporting heroin into Maryland and six counts of unlawfully possessing drug paraphernalia. The couple appeared before a Maryland District Court Commissioner, who set bond at $10,000 for each individual. After the appearance before the Court Commissioner, the couple transferred to the Worcester County Jail.
A Maryland criminal defense attorney may assist a person accused of drug crimes in a number of different ways. For example, a defense lawyer may argue that the circumstances surrounding an arrest, including the search of a motor vehicle, were unlawful or unconstitutional. A criminal defense attorney may attempt to negotiate a plea deal to lesser charges and a lighter sentence.
Source: WBOC, “O.C. Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Arrests“, Meg Hasken, September 11, 2013