PG man gets 6 months for marijuana dis­tri­bu­tion

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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.

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