On June 12, 2020, police arrested a Maryland woman after pulling her over on Route 1, which is not far from Rehoboth Beach. The woman faces an array of drug charges after the police discovered narcotics in her vehicle.
When the woman failed to stop at a red light, the police initiated a routine traffic stop on Midway Outlet Drive. After contacting the woman and a passenger, the police decided to conduct a search of the vehicle, which yielded more than an ounce of cocaine, a small amount of ecstasy and numerous plastic baggies, which are typically used to package and distribute illicit drugs.
The woman did not resist when police placed her under arrest and booked her into Troop 7 of the Maryland State Police. She now faces at least two felony charges in relation to the drugs found in her vehicle: She is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and other violations.
As in most other states, drug violations in Maryland are serious and can carry stiff legal penalties. A first-time offender who is found guilty of felony drug possession faces a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000 or both.
The punishments are far more severe for second-time offenders; a second felony drug conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of at least 10 years in prison. This cannot be suspended, and offenders are not eligible for parole during this period.
Anyone facing drug charges in Maryland needs to be aware of how serious the situation is. In addition to prison time, those found guilty of drug offenses in Maryland can lose their right to vote and bear arms and could lose custody of their children. The best thing someone accused of a drug offense can do is consult an attorney with experience in Maryland drug cases.