Frederick Co. teen held on drug charges

Routine traffic stop leads to his arrest

March 17, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Frederick County teen-ager -- arrested Wednesday evening after state police reported finding nearly $1,500 and more than a pound of suspected marijuana in his possession -- has been ordered held in confinement, pending action by juvenile authorities.

The boy, 17, is not being named because of his age. He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A juvenile counselor told court Master Peter M. Tabatsko at a hearing yesterday that state police made a routine traffic stop in the Carroll County portion of Mount Airy and became suspicious of the driver's demeanor.

A police dog unit was called to Mount Airy Shopping Center about 7: 15 p.m. and the dog alerted police to the possible presence of narcotics, the counselor said.

Brass knuckles were confiscated from the boy's pocket and the suspected marijuana was found in a knapsack on the rear seat of the car, he said.

The boy asked Tabatsko if he could remain free to work and pay for a private attorney.

Seeking input from the boy's parents, Tabatsko asked for their opinion.

"He should not be out on the street," the boy's father said.

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