Newark-area man caught with handgun and pot
A Newark-area man was arrested over the weekend after police in Maryland found him with a handgun and marijuana during a traffic stop, according to Cecil County District Court records.
The traffic stop occurred in the northbound lane of Augustine Herman Highway, south of Elkton, about 1 a.m. Saturday, after Deputy Matthew Elliott of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office noticed a Nissan Pathfinder with a nonfunctioning tag light, police reported.
While talking to the driver, Shymier N. Johnson, 21, the deputy detected “a strong odor of burnt marijuana” coming from inside the vehicle and asked Johnson about the smell, police said.
Johnson denied that there was marijuana inside his vehicle, police added.
After receiving permission from Johnson to search a backpack that had been in the back seat, Elliott found and confiscated a digital scale and four plastic baggies containing approximately 24 grams of marijuana, which is about 4 grams less than an ounce, court records allege.
“Through Elliott’s training, knowledge and experience, he recognized the amount and the manner in which the marijuana was packaged was consistent with the intention to distribute,” according to court records.
Elliott then seized a Taurus 9mm handgun, which he found under the front passenger’s seat, and a magazine holding eight bullets, police said. Elliott also confiscated an ammo box containing 15 more 9mm rounds and a cellphone, police added.
In addition, while performing a pat-down search on Johnson, the deputy found and seized $122 and another cellphone, according to police. The deputy arrested Elliott at the scene.
Johnson is charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime, handgun in vehicle, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, court records show.
Johnson was held over the weekend without bond, according to court records. Johnson remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of a $35,000 bond, records show.
This police photo shows a handgun, ammunition, marijuana and cash that a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputy confiscated during a traffic stop near Elkton over the weekend.