Lusby man pleads guilty for large amount of weed

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

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.

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