Troopers Seize 29 Stolen Firearms in Routine Traffic Stop in La Plata - Southern Maryland Headline News

Troopers Seize 29 Stolen Firearms in Routine Traffic Stop in La Plata

LA PLATA, Md. – According to the Maryland State Police, on November 30, 2006, TFC S. Keen stopped a 1986 Cadillac for routine traffic violations. The vehicle was driven by a 24 year old black male identified as Kurron Derrel Brown of La Plata. The vehicle was stopped in the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station, located at Rt. 301 and Rt. 6, in La Plata, Charles County, just after 1:50 p.m.

During the course of the traffic stop, Tfc. Keen used a drug-detecting K9 to scan the vehicle. The K9 alerted the officer to the suspected presence of a controlled dangerous substance. A “probable cause” search of the vehicle failed to produce any contraband. However, upon searching the trunk of the vehicle, Tfc. Keen discovered multiple firearms. A total of eleven semi-automatic handguns, two revolvers, two muzzle loading rifles, five shotguns and nine rifles were recovered from the vehicle.

According to police, the three occupants of the vehicle denied having any knowledge of the firearms being in the vehicle. At this point, Tpr. R. Hill, of the La Plata Barrack assumed the investigation.

Police identified the right front passenger as Charles Davis 4th, a 25 year old black male from Waldorf. The rear passenger was identified as Shawn Maurice Price, an 18 year old white male from Waldorf. Tfc. Keen placed all three suspects under arrest for transporting a handgun in a vehicle. They were subsequently transported to the La Plata Barrack.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. that evening, a La Plata homeowner reported that his home on Lindy Lane had been burglarized resulting in the theft of several firearms. The police matched the guns retrieved in the earlier traffic stop to the ones stolen from the residence.

Police believe that the three men had committed the burglary shortly before they were stopped by TFC Keen at 1:50 p.m. earlier in the day.

All three men have been charged with First Degree Burglary, Felony and Misdemeanor Theft, Possession of a regulated stolen firearm, and transporting a firearm in a vehicle. They were taken to the Charles County Detention Center where they were held pending a bail review.

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