Man faces drug charges after traffic stop
CENTREVILLE — A Centreville man faces drug charges after the tractor-trailer he was operating was stopped for driving erratically.
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he observed a tractortrailer driving erratically on Route 301 north near Rolling Bridge Road about 2:04 p.m. May 4. The tractor-trailer crossed the rumble strips numerous times and almost ran several vehicles off the road, he reported.
Hofmann attempted to stop the truck, but the driver did not pull over. Hofmann pursued the truck with his siren and lights on and requested additional units to respond.
Dfc. Eric Goodman from the sheriff’s office and units from Maryland State Police responded to Route 405 and 301 north. After traveling for seven additional miles, the tractor-trailer stopped in the area of Route 301 north past Hayden Road, police said.
The driver was identified as Mervin Hall, 48, of Centreville, who police said admitted to inhaling his prescribed oxycodone while driving.
Based on Hofmann’s observations of Hall’s erratic driving and Hall’s admission to consuming a controlled dangerous substance while driving, a search of the vehicle was conducted, police said.
An empty prescription pill bottle of oxycodone, three blue drink straws, one straw with a clear plastic baggie containing a powdery substance, and straws in a zippered pouch were located, police said.
Hall allegedly told police the powdery crushed up substance was oxycodone.
The suspected controlled dangerous substances were confiscated and sent to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab.
Hall was initially issued traffic citations pending the lab findings. The Maryland State Police Crime Lab has confirmed the white powdery substance, located in the baggie, was heroin and fentanyl. Hall has now been charged with possession of paraphernalia and possessing a controlled dangerous substance that is not marijuana.
A Centreville man whose tractor-trailer was stopped for operating erratically now faces drug charges.