Lusby man pleads guilty for large amount of weed
A Lusby man pled guilty to conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute for a March 20 incident in which he was pulled over by officers with more than 220 grams of marijuana in his trunk.
Denzil Marquet Bonner, 20, was indicted on single counts of possession of controlled dangerous substances with intent to distribute, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, online court records show.
Dfc. Dean Naughton was patrolling the Lusby area around 5 p.m. March 20 when he observed a black Ford Fusion fail to use a turn signal prior to making a right turn onto Thunderbird Drive from Town Square Drive. While Naughton followed the vehicle on Thunderbird Drive, waiting for a safe place to conduct a traffic stop, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, according to charging documents. Due to lack of shoulder space, Naughton did not initiate the traffic stop until Mesa Trail.
Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Bonner, Naughton smelled marijuana emitting from inside. According to the police report, Bonner was requested to exit the vehicle, and when asked if there was marijuana inside, he answered no, charging documents state.
The vehicle was searched after Deputy Bradley Boerum arrived on scene to assist, and a gold metallic metal grinder was found in the center console of the vehicle containing a small amount of marijuana residue. After searching the passenger area of the vehicle, officers searched the trunk, where they found a grocery bag containing a large amount of marijuana tucked behind the right tail light, charging documents state. The marijuana was seized as evidence, along with Bonner’s iPhone. The marijuana and packaging showed a weight of 226.25 grams at the sheriff’s office.
Bonner was incarcerated at the detention center and posted his $10,000 bond that day.
At his plea hearing Tuesday, Bonner — represented by private attorney John Erly — pled guilty to conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, vacating his Nov. 1 jury trial. He is set for a violation of probation hearing on Oct. 6 for this incident.
At the time of the crime, Bonner was on probation for a conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances charge he pled guilty to in March 2016. He is subject to two years and nine months of backup time on this case if found in violation. He previously served 90 days on this sentence.