Marijuana charges brought against Frederick resident

December 19, 1993

FREDERICK -- A Frederick man was arrested yesterday and charged with a variety of drug offenses after police say they found 10 pounds of marijuana in his rented home.

Terrence P. Dermott, of the 3500 block of Cemetery Lane, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. Police said the man gave them two dates of birth, indicating he is either 37 or 43.

Jerry F. Barnes, chief narcotics prosecutor for the Frederick County State's Attorney's office, said the investigation began Friday when officers from the Brunswick Police Department found a suitcase discarded along a roadside.

Mr. Barnes said a mason jar containing seven grams of marijuana was found inside, along with an identification card bearing Mr. Dermott's name and address. He was charged with marijuana possession and released on bail.

Members of the Frederick County Narcotics Task Force investigated further and obtained a search warrant, which was executed by state troopers, Frederick police officers and sheriff deputies shortly after midnight yesterday.

Mr. Barnes said the marijuana seized has a street value between $40,000 and $50,000. He said documents in the home indicated Mr. Dermott worked for the Internal Revenue Service, but the man told authorities that he is a pickle salesman.

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