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Maryland traffic stop leads to multiple drug charges

Sometimes traffic stops can lead to far more than the driver and passengers bargained for. This was the case when a Worcester County Sheriff's deputy stopped a car on Route 50 here in Maryland in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 30 for having non-working brake lights.

The deputy found that the license plates on the vehicle belonged to a different one. The 28-year-old driver reportedly told the deputy that she had switched the plates. The woman, who is from Georgetown, Delaware, was driving on a suspended driver's license from that state.

That was just the beginning of the problems for her and her passenger, a 34-year-old man also from Georgetown. A K-9 officer reportedly showed a positive response for drugs in the vehicle.

When the vehicle was searched, authorities say that they found 15 packets of heroin as well as lorazepam and oxycodone throughout the vehicle, including behind the CD player. The passenger allegedly had heroin on his person. Reportedly, he was already wanted on a Maryland State Police warrant and, like the driver, had a suspended Delaware driver's license.

The driver has been charged with possession of oxycodone, lorazepam, heroin and heroin paraphernalia (straws for snorting the drug.) She is also charged with possession with intent to distribute the drugs. Authorities say that the two were on their way to sell the drugs when they were pulled over.

Meanwhile, her passenger was arrested for failing to appear for his outstanding warrant and also for possession of heroin. He was released on his own recognizance. The driver, however, was held on $25,000 bond.

Multiple drug charges and new criminal charges added to existing ones can only cause increasingly serious legal penalties. That's why it's essential to have experienced legal guidance to help protect your rights and work to mitigate the penalties.

Source: The Dispatch, "Traffic Stop Nets Drugs," Sep. 03, 2015

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