Man gets three years for loaded hand­gun, mar­i­juana

Firearm for­feited as part of plea

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

A Wal­dorf man re­ceived a three-year sen­tence to the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions for an April in­ci­dent in which he was pulled over by a trooper with more than an ounce of mar­i­juana and a loaded hand­gun in his ve­hi­cle.

De­an­dra Sher­man Bush, 20, was in­dicted on

charges of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, dis­tri­bu­tion of con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances with a firearm, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing a drug traf­fick­ing crime, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of a firearm as a mi­nor, pos­ses­sion of a firearm with a felony con­vic­tion, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion, pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun in a ve­hi­cle and hav­ing a learner’s per­mit driv­ing with­out re­quired su­per­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Tfc. Thomas Davis of the Mary­land State Po­lice Prince Fred­er­ick bar­rack stopped a Buick La Sabre pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle April 30 in the area of north­bound Route 2/4 and Gover­nor Run Road in Port Repub- lic for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, pre­vi­ous re­ports state. As Davis ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and made con­tact with Bush, he smelled the odor of burnt mar­i­juana emit­ting from the ve­hi­cle.

Davis re­ported that Bush seemed ner­vous, as his hands were shaky and he choked when he talked, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports. Although he only had a learner’s per­mit, Bush was the sole oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle.

A prob­a­ble cause search was con­ducted, re­sult­ing in the dis­cov­ery of a book bag con­tain­ing 34.8 grams of pack­aged mar­i­juana, a dig­i­tal scale and a loaded Glock 19, 9-mil­lime­ter hand­gun. All the items, in­clud­ing Bush’s cell­phone, were con­fis­cated as ev­i­dence, the re­ports de­tail. Bush was read his Mi­randa rights and waived the rights to pro­vide a state­ment. He said he sells a lit­tle mar­i­juana to make money, but smokes more than he sells. Bush was sub­se­quently trans­ported to the de­ten­tion cen­ter.

This in­ci­dent vi­o­lated Bush’s pro­ba­tion on a 2015 Charles County case where he as­saulted a fel­low stu­dent at Thomas Stone High School, break­ing the teen’s jaw. Bush served 114 days of this three-year sen­tence and was placed on five years of pro­ba­tion, on­line court records show.

Bush en­tered a guilty plea to pos­ses­sion of a firearm after a dis­qual­i­fy­ing crime and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana on Oct. 23, and Cir­cuit Judge Mark Chan­dlee sub­se­quently re­voked his bond.

On Mon­day, Bush re­ceived five years with all but two years sus­pended for the firearm vi­o­la­tion and a con­sec­u­tive three years with all but a year and one day sus­pended for the dis­tri­bu­tion charge, to­tal­ing a three­year and one-day sen­tence to the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions. Bush’s sen­tence com­menced from Oct. 26, and he will be on five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion upon his re­lease. The firearm was for­feited as part of the plea.

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