Marijuana rights activist indicted on new charges

December 20, 1992|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

Pamela S. Davis, the embattled Westminster marijuana-rights activist and counter-culture shop owner, has been indicted on drug distribution charges stemming from a raid on her store in November.

The four-count indictment from a Carroll County grand jury came as little surprise to Ms. Davis late Thursday and brings to eight the number of drug charges pending against her in Carroll Circuit Court.

"I knew this would only be a matter of time until the grand jury indicted me," she said Friday afternoon. "This whole thing is really quite amazing at this point."

Since last spring, Ms. Davis and the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force have had an infrequent but consistent relationship. On May 7, task force officers, dressed as United Parcel Service delivery workers, brought a package with 1.5 ounces of marijuana to Ms. Davis' Silver Run farm, Terrapin Station.

After the package was accepted, officers moved in and seized about half the marijuana just delivered, plus about an ounce of marijuana that was found in a night stand.

A four-count indictment stemmed from that raid. Ms. Davis was to have had a jury trial Nov. 24, but the task force raided her pro-marijuana shop -- Liberation -- on Nov. 23 seizing several pounds of marijuana seeds and more than $1,000 in cash. Ms. Davis was arrested, charged with drug distribution and released on $15,000 bond. Her trial was postponed.

The four-count indictment from the grand jury Thursday is similar to the one stemming from the May raid. Ms. Davis faces charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, maintaining a common nuisance, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana. The offenses carry a total maximum fine of $46,000 and a maximum sentence of 16 years.

Her relationship with the task force has been publicized since the raid on her farm. "It's consuming my life, but it's making me sort of a star," Ms. Davis said Friday. "Everybody knows who I am. It's kind of gotten more comfortable after I got used to having my privacy invaded the first time."

Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III could not be reached for comment on the indictment Friday.

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