On Friday, March 9, 2018, at approximately 2114 hours, Trooper J. Lee #6848 was traveling southbound Route 301 north of Demarr Road, White Plains, Charles County, Maryland when he observed the driver of a Bronze Nissan Maxima using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle.

Trooper Lee stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was identified as, Valle, Carlos Mauricio 35 yoa, of Welcome, Maryland, when he detected the strong odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted which revealed over 10 grams of suspected Marijuana and paraphernalia.

Valle was placed under arrest and charged with 1 0573 CR, 5 601(a)(1) : CDS: Possession-Marijuana 10 GM+. All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 18MSO010245

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