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CENTREVILLE — A Gambrills man was sentenced recently to 12 years in prison on drug charges after a traffic stop last February.

Travis Brandon Young, 32, formerly of Greensboro, pleaded guilty July 24, 2019, to possession with intent to distribute heroin. The plea stemmed from a traffic stop on Feb. 7, 2019, in which Maryland State Police Tfc. D. Pope stopped Young for speeding 97 miles per hour in a posted 55 mile per hour zone, according to the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to court records, Young allegedly failed to pull over, made unsafe lane changes, violated a traffic control device and drove recklessly trying to get away.

Pope found two children, ages 8 and 4, in the back seat of the car without seatbelts or safety seats, police said. Additionally, Young was found in possession of controlled dangerous substances, police said. The suspected drugs and Young’s cell phone were seized.

Subsequent investigation by MSP Cpl. M. Buckius found Young possessed the drugs with intent to distribute, Deputy State’s Attorney Christine Dulla Rickard said. The Maryland State Police Crime Lab confirmed the drugs to be 4.9 grams of heroin.

Young was initially charged with 17 violations, including the multiple traffic citations. In return to his guilty plea to the single felony count, all the other charges were dismissed.

Retired Judge Michael Walen, sitting in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court, sentenced Young to 12 years of incarceration at the Division of Correction on Jan. 7, with the sentence beginning Feb. 7, 2019. Young has been held without bail since his arrest last Feb. 7, Rickard said.

“This sentence reflects the severity of Mr. Young’s record, the seriousness of the offense as well as risk to the community, while taking into account his age and drug addiction,” Rickard said.

At the time of his arrest, Young was on probation from two separate cases in Caroline County, possession with intent to distribute narcotics and firearm violations, Rickard said.

Young was charged with violation of probation in those cases and found in violation. He received seven years to serve in one case and five years suspended in the other in favor of five years supervised probation upon his release, Rickard said.

Young’s criminal history record is extensive, dating back to 2007, and includes burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, malicious destruction of property, failing to obey a lawful order, the state’s attorney’s office reported.

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