PG man gets 6 months for marijuana distribution
A Prince George’s County man will serve six months of jail time at the Calvert County Detention Center for a September 2016 incident in which he was found in possession of marijuana and oxycodone pills after a Prince Frederick traffic stop.
Edwen Matthew Primrose, 35, of Greenbelt was indicted on two counts of possession of controlled dangerous substance — not marijuana, and single counts each of possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, possession of controlled dangerous substances with intent to distribute and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, online court records show.
On Sept. 2, 2016, units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Team were on patrol in Prince Frederick. Sgt. Scott of Maryland State Police observed an Acura pull out from Prince Frederick Ford onto westbound Route 231 and pull into the left lane without using any turn signal prior to making a U-turn to go eastbound on the road, charging documents detail.
Scott also reported seeing the Acura slowly roll through a red light at the Route 2/4 and Sherry Lane intersection without coming to a complete stop. After stopping the vehicle in the Three Brothers parking lot, officers made contact with Primrose and the front passenger. According to the documents, officers smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.
Primrose and the passenger were ordered to exit the vehicle for a probable cause search, according to court records. A digital scale with marijuana flakes was found in Primrose’s pocket and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a white shopping bag containing two large baggies of marijuana, a cigarette wrapper containing 29 oxycodone pills and an additional bag of marijuana. The marijuana was weighed at the sheriff’s office, totaling 48.5 grams.
Both men were read their Miranda rights, at which time Primrose said the marijuana and pills belonged to him, the documents state. The passenger said he had no knowledge of the drugs in the vehicle and was released.
Primrose entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute marijuana July 13. The plea agreement capped active jail time at nine months. Assistant state’s attorney Michael Morgan prosecuted the Sept. 11 sentencing where Primrose was represented by Theresa Moore.
Moore requested a suspended sentence be given to her client with significant time over his head. She noted that he is needed to provide for his children and additional jail time would not help that situation.
Before dealing his sentence, Chandlee asked Primrose how he would feel if someone sold one of his kids some weed, to which Primrose answered that he would be upset. Chandlee said his jail sentence will touch on deterrence and punishment.
Primrose received five years of incarceration suspended down to six months, which will be served at the Calvert County Detention Center. He was also dealt five years of unsupervised probation to commence upon his release from the jail.