Stopped car leads to drug charges Baltimore man accused of marijuana possession

July 10, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An officer's warning about fastening seat belts Saturday led to a Baltimore man's arrest on drug charges, county police said yesterday.

Police charged Zachary Jude Walunas, 19, of the 5200 block of Tramore Road with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Police also seized $331 in what they believe were drug proceeds.

Walunas was in a car the officer stopped on the Beltway near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because it had a homemade license tag, police said.

Officer Dwayne K. Johnson was traveling west on Interstate 695 in his patrol car about 3: 30 a.m. when he saw a Volkswagen in front of him that had a homemade license plate, police said.

Johnson pulled the car over and the driver, Katherine Lee Yommer, 18, of the 2900 block of Bayonne Ave., told police her tag had been stolen.

Johnson checked her license and registration, which was valid, and warned her to get the license plate replaced, police said. Just as the car was about to pull off, Johnson warned Yommer and her passenger, Walunas, to buckle their seat belts, police said. Yommer could not find her belt and opened the door to find it, police said.

After she opened the door, Johnson saw a bag of what later tested positive for marijuana on the floor behind the driver's seat, police said.

Walunas told Johnson it was his and that Yommer did not know it was there, police said. Johnson arrested Walunas, searched him and found the cash and two more bags of marijuana, police said.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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