Traf­fic stop brings mar­i­juana charges

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QUEEN­STOWN — On April 18, deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rested Ruben James Mer­ritt, 33, and Don­tra Lavar Cor­nish, 38 both of Cam­bridge, on charges of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

A deputy pulled over a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup, with Mer­rit and Cor­nish as oc­cu­pants, on U.S. Route 50 near the Route 301 split in Queen­stown, for an ex­pired tag. While speak­ing with the driver, a faint odor of raw mar­i­juana was noted by Dfc. Chad Hart­metz.

Dur­ing the stop, a Sher­iff’s K-9 unit ar­rived and scanned the truck with a pos­i­tive alert. The search of the truck re­sulted in lo­cat­ing a can with sus­pected mar­i­juana ex­ceed­ing 10 grams, po­lice said. The pair also had a large amount of cash in their pos­ses­sion, more than $14,000, po­lice said. The truck, cash and cell phones were seized.

Mer­ritt was held on a $5,000 bond, while Cor­nish was re­leased on a $5,000 un­se­cured bond.

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