On January 22 at 1:50 a.m., a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of St Charles Parkway and St Marks Drive on a vehicle displaying suspended registration plates. During the stop, officers smelled marijuana and found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.

Further, they recovered a loaded handgun–which had a fully loaded magazine­–and a separate magazine, which was fully loaded. The driver of the car, Michael Deante Washington, 29, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, handgun on person, and illegally transporting a loaded firearm. On January 22, a judge released Washington from the detention center on a $3,000 bond.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call PFC Phillips at 301-932-2222.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...

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