On 4/12/18 at 1242 hours, Tpr. Lee was on patrol in his marked MSP patrol vehicle, on US Route 301 near Pierce Road, Waldorf, when he observed a silver Buick Regal with the operator not restrained by their seatbelt.

Tpr. Lee activated his emergency equipment, and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Tpr. Lee made contact with the operator, identified by his Maryland Driver’s License, and as the registered owner of the vehicle, as Direll Antonio Duckett, 37yoa of Brandywine, MD. While talking to Duckett, Tpr. Lee smelled the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Upon arrival of a backup officer, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. This search revealed 74.9 grams of marijuana, 3.4 grams of suspected molly (MDMA/Ecstasy), one electronic scale, 2 large bags filled with small clear baggies (used in distribution of narcotics), two marijuana grinders, and US currency was seized. Duckett’s vehicle was processed for seizure proceedings.

Duckett was transported to Charles County Detention Center to see the commissioner. Duckett was charged criminally with CDS: Possession with intent to distribute, CDS: Possession – not Marijuana, CDS: Possession – Marijuana more than 10grams, and CDS: Possession CDS Paraphernalia.

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