Newark-area man caught with hand­gun and pot

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE

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.

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