Traffic stop brings marijuana charges
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.