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Lying to the Police Doesn't Work


LEONARDTOWN, Md. - According to reports from the Leonardtown Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP), there were two separate incidents in the past week where individuals lied about their identity when stopped and questioned by Troopers. In both cases, the person lying about their identity was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Both incidents also ended with drug charges being filed against one or more of the individuals who were in the stopped vehicles.

The first incident occurred on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 12:07 a.m. TFC Linger stopped a vehicle for having an inoperable tag light on Route 5 at Golden Beach Road in Charlotte Hall.

Contact was made with the three occupants. They respectively identified themselves as Jaime Lee King, 18, of Waldorf (driver); Cliffton Cornelius Pickeral, 24, of Charlotte Hall; and Joseph Woodland, 43.

Further investigation revealed Joseph Woodland’s true name was David Jerome Woodland, 39, of Mechanicsville. There was an outstanding warrant for his arrest through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

A search of the vehicle, incident to arrest, revealed a plastic tube containing marijuana in the center console, and a plastic bag containing crack cocaine on the passenger floorboard.

Ms. King and Mr. Pickeral were placed under arrest. Mr. Woodland was turned over to Deputy Logalbo and Deputy Somerville. Ms. King and Mr. Pickeral were taken to the detention center where a secondary search of Ms. King revealed a “crack pipe” in her bra.

Both, King and Pickeral, were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) paraphernalia. They were held pending a bond review.

The second incident occurred on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 11:35 p.m. TFC Linger stopped a vehicle for having a cracked windshield and an inoperable brake/taillight on Route 235 at Route 237 in California, Md.

The driver was identified as Richard Ramon Dent, 25, of Mechanicsville. A Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) check revealed that Mr. Dent’s driving privilege was suspended.

The passenger identified herself using a name that was not specified in the police report. Further investigation by the police revealed that the name she provided was false. Her true identity was found to be Vanessa Marie Long, 21, of Mechanicsville. A check through NCIC indicated Ms. Long had an outstanding arrest warrant through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

During a search incident to arrest a metal smoking device and 2 glassine bags, both containing marijuana, were located in the change holder. A plastic bag, containing marijuana, was found in Ms. Long’s coat pocket.

Mr. Dent and Ms. Long were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia. Mr. Dent was additionally charged with driving while suspended. Ms. Long was arrested and served with the arrest warrant by Deputy George. Both were taken to the detention center and held pending a bond review.

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