Equipment Stop Nets Arrest for Multiple Charges Including Crack

On July 27, 2006 at 2200 p.m., Trooper R. Hill was on routine patrol on northbound U.S. Route 301, south of Maryland Route 227, when he observed a brown Honda Accord, bearing MD tags, traveling northbound with a rear passenger side tail-light violation. Trooper Hill initiated a traffic stop and approached the vehicle. The driver failed to produce a driver’s license or registration. The driver advised that her name was Sabrina Lawanda Duckett, 30 years, of Waldorf (later verified by a photograph attached to a warrant packet). A check through MVA indicated that Duckett had an open warrant for theft through the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Duckett was instructed to exit the vehicle and placed under arrest for the open warrant. During a search incident to arrest of the defendant’s vehicle, Trooper Hill recovered one plastic baggie containing 1.6 grams of suspected CDS “crack” cocaine from the passenger side floorboard of the vehicle.

An MVA registration check indicated the tags were expired as of February 2006. The year validation sticker displayed on the tag was 2008. Trooper Hill conducted a check through MVA for the validation sticker. The check revealed that the year validation sticker was stolen. The tags were removed from the vehicle and the vehicle was towed.

Duckett received a Safety Equipment Repair Order for the taillight violation. Duckett also received the following citations: Fail to display license on demand 16-122(c), Fail to display registration card on demand 13-409(b), driving without current tags 13-411(d), and operating an unregistered motor vehicle 13-401(b). Duckett was also charged with one count of possession of CDS cocaine, one count of possession of CDS paraphernalia and one count of theft less than $500. Duckett was incarcerated in the Charles County Detention Center pending a bond review.

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