Wal­dorf man in­dicted for mar­i­juana, loaded gun

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

A Wal­dorf man was in­dicted on nu­mer­ous charges for an April in­ci­dent in which he was al­legedly pulled over by a trooper with more than 38 grams of mar­i­juana and an il­le­gally-pos­sessed, loaded hand­gun in his ve­hi­cle.

De­an­dra Sher­man Bush, 20, was in­dicted on charges of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, dis­tri­bu­tion of con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances with a firearm, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing a drug traf­fick­ing crime, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of a firearm as a mi­nor, pos­ses­sion of a firearm with a felony con­vic­tion, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion, pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun in a ve­hi­cle and hav­ing a learner’s per­mit driv­ing with­out re­quired su­per­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Tfc. T. Davis of the Mary­land State Po­lice Prince Fred­er­ick bar­rack stopped a Buick La Sabre pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle April 30 in the area of north­bound Route 2/4 and Gov­er­nor Run Road in Port Repub­lic for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, court doc­u­ments state. As Davis ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and made con­tact with Bush, he al­legedly smelled the odor of burnt mar­i­juana emit­ting from the ve­hi­cle.

In the charg­ing doc­u­ments, Davis re­ported that Bush seemed ner­vous, as his hands were shaky and he choked when he talked. Al­though he only has a learner’s per­mit, Bush was al­legedly the sole oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle.

A prob­a­ble cause search was con­ducted, re­sult­ing in the al­leged dis­cov­ery of a book bag con­tain­ing 34.8 grams of pack­aged mar­i­juana, a dig­i­tal scale and a loaded Glock 19, 9-mil­lime­ter hand­gun. All the items, in­clud­ing Bush’s cell­phone, were con­fis­cated as ev­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. Bush was ver­bally read his Mi­randa rights and waived the rights to pro­vide a state­ment. He said he sells a lit­tle mar­i­juana to make money, but smokes more than he sells.

Bush was trans­ported to the de­ten­tion cen­ter and is cur­rently be­ing held on a re­voked bond. He is sched­uled for a Sept. 25 plea hear­ing and will com­mence jury trial Oct. 31 in Calvert County Cir­cuit Court if no plea deal can be made.

This in­ci­dent vi­o­lated Bush’s pro­ba­tion on a 2015 Charles County case where he as­saulted a fel­low stu­dent at Thomas Stone High School, break­ing the teen’s jaw. Bush served 114 days of this three-year sen­tence and was placed on five years of pro­ba­tion, on­line court records show. He is sub­ject to re­ceiv­ing some or all of the backup time in this case at his Oct. 18 vi­o­la­tion of pro­ba­tion hear­ing in Charles County Cir­cuit Court.

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