Man faces drug charges af­ter traf­fic stop

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News -

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.

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