QUEEN ANNE — Two Caroline County men face drug charges after a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, Feb. 21.
Maryland State Police responded to a call about 1:16 p.m. for an erratic driver traveling east in a gold GMC Sierra who had struck barriers o the Bay Bridge and possibly median dividers along U.S. Route 50 on Kent Island.
The caller stayed behind the GMC as troopers responded to intercept, police said. The GMC stayed on Route 50 at the 50/301 split, the caller said, and troopers located the GMC in the area of Maryland Route 213 and Route 50.
Tfc. J. Mulhearn followed the GMC, making observations, and made a traffic stop shortly after the vehicle turned onto Maryland Route 404. The driver, identified by police as Douglas Butler, 37 of Denton, stopped the GMC at the intersection of 404 and Dulin Road.
After contacting the occupants, Mulhearn determined Butler appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, police said. Butler failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, police said.
While Mulhearn was working with Butler, Tpr. B. Maranto spoke with the front passenger, identified as Heber Johnson, 41, of Greensboro. Maranto reported the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Johnson to exited. When Johnson got out, Maranto saw a clear plastic baggie sticking out of his jacket pocket, police said.
The baggie contained what appeared to be clear capsules of heroin, police said. Johnson was arrested on possession of a controlled dangerous substance charge.
A search of the GMC and occupants found another two capsules of suspected heroin in the center console, and .22 caliber rifle rounds and a 20 gauge shotgun slug round were located in the glove compartment, police said. The MSP Gun Center confirmed Butler was prohibited from possessing ammunition.
Butler and Johnson were taken to the Centreville Barracks for processing, at which time a secondary search located another baggie of suspected heroin capsules on Johnson. In all, 95 capsules of heroin were confiscated, police said.
Butler was charged with driving while impaired, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and paraphernalia and multiple traffic offenses. He was released Monday, Feb. 22, on his own recognizance.
Johnson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, paraphernalia, and possession with intent to distribute. He is being held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center without bond. A preliminary hearing in his case is set for March 18.