The 25-year-old son of Howard County Sheriff Michael A. Chiuchiolo has been arrested in Laurel and charged with possession of suspected PCP, said Laurel police.
The arrest is the latest in a string of drug arrests and charges against Jay Michael Chiuchiolo, of Clarksville. He was released into the custody of a third party, said a clerk in the Prince George's County detention center.
The younger Chiuchiolo was a passenger in a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta stopped at 9:28 p.m. March 27 in the 1000 block of 8th St. for not having headlights on, Laurel police said.
The officers learned thedriver's license had been revoked and suspended, said Jim Collins, aLaurel police spokesman. The officers also smelled ether in the car,he said.
They asked Chiuchiolo to exit the car and noticed "a large bulge under his shirt," Collins said. "They asked him two times, 'What's under the shirt?' " Collins said. "He said, 'Nothing.' "
But when the officers searched him, they found two small bottles containing a clear liquid believed to be PCP, or phencyclidine hydrochloride, Collins said.
Chiuchiolo was taken into custody.
The driver was charged only with traffic violations because the alleged drugs weren't found in his car but on the person of the passenger, Collins explained.
The sheriff, who was elected in November 1990, declined to comment on his only child's arrest.
Chiuchiolo has joined a drugrehabilitation program in the county Health Department, said his lawyer, Richard Kinlein.
On Jan. 6, 1988, Chiuchiolo was arrested andlater indicted by a county grand jury on charges of possessing and distributing PCP. Police said he sold PCP to a county detective.
Heentered a guilty plea and was given a two-year suspended sentence with 30 months probation, court records showed.
An Anne Arundel County judge presided in the case because Howard County Circuit Court judges knew the defendant's father, who was then a lieutenant on the Howard County police force.
The sentence also required that Chiuchiolo stay away from drugs and submit to drug counseling and urinalysis, court records showed.
On April 11, 1990, results from a urine analysis in March 1990 showed that Chiuchiolo tested positive for cocaine, which meant he violated probation, court records showed.
In May,Chiuchiolo was again convicted of possession of illegal drugs and given a 90-day suspended sentence and two years probation, court records showed.
The latest arrest is a violation of the probation.