LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 10, 2008) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department recently released the following incident and arrest reports.
HANDGUN VIOLATION, ILLEGAL DRUGS: On 07/03/08 at approximately 6:24 pm Senior Deputy First Class Clay Safford stopped a 1994 Dodge van for a traffic violation. The occupants of the van made several suspicious (furtive) movements. Furtive movements are usually made when occupants of the vehicle have something to hide such as drugs and weapons. These suspicious movements caused SDFC Safford concern for his safety. SDFC Safford contacted the driver, Jacob Andrew Zitnick, age 22 of California, and asked him to step from the vehicle. Once outside the vehicle, SDFC Safford asked Jacob Zitnick if he had any weapons in the vehicle. Mr. Zitnick responded yes there was an axe blade between the front two seats. Additional deputies arrived on the scene and the occupant, Casey Woodrow-Conley Allan, 22 of Tall Timbers, was asked to step from the vehicle. Once Mr. Zitnick and Mr. Allan were out of the vehicle SDFC Safford searched between the seats to retrieve the axe blade. While retrieving the axe blade, SDFC Safford discovered between the seats a bag of suspected marijuana and two controlled dangerous substance smoking devices. Both Zitnick and Allan were arrested. Further search of the vehicle revealed a Ruger .22 caliber automatic pistol, .357 magnum revolver, Winchester 12 gauge shot gun, a box of .303 rifle cartridges, .22 caliber handgun round and .38 handgun shell casings. Jacob Andrew Zitnick and Casey Woodrow-Conley Allan were charged with two counts of transporting a handgun in a vehicle, possession of marijuana, and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.
BURGLARY 3RD DEGREE, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On 07/04/08 Deputy Scott Ruest responded to a residence of Valley Court for a check the welfare call. Deputy Ruest contacted the victim and was told a Wayne Aloyious Jordan, Jr., age 18 of Lexington Park, broke into and entered her residence by kicking the door end. The victim stated the defendant believed he was owed money and came to the residence to collect the money. When refused entrance into the residence, Wayne Jordan broke into and entered the residence damaging the front door frame. Mr. Jordan fled the residence prior to the arrival of deputies. Mr. Jordan was located a short time later, arrested and charged with 3rd degree burglary and destruction of property.
HIT & RUN ACCIDENT, FALSE REPORT OF A THEFT: On 07/06/08 Deputy Scott Ruest was investigating a hit and run accident. The suspect vehicle was a red sedan. Witness placed the red sedan at a residence near where the accident occurred. Deputy Ruest responded to the residence where the suspect vehicle, a red 1992 Toyota Corolla 4 door sedan, was located and spoke with the owner of the vehicle, Stanley Paul Drummond, age 43 of California. The Toyota Corolla had damage consistent with the damage involved in the hit and run accident. Mr. Drummond denied driving the vehicle and denied being involved in an accident. Further investigation and witness statements placed Stanley Drummond driving the vehicle in the area of the accident at the time of the accident. A motor vehicle check revealed there was no current registration for the Toyota Corolla and Stanley Paul Drummond's did not have a current valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Maryland. Stanley Drummond was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, driving a motor vehicle without current registration and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Once at the Detention Center Stanley Drummond insisted on reporting the 1992 Toyota Corolla stolen, claiming someone stole his vehicle and wrecked it. Deputy Ruest explained to Mr. Drummond the evidence indicated he was the operator of the vehicle and was the one involved in the hit and run accident. Mr. Drummond continued to insist his vehicle was stolen and he wanted to report it stolen. There is no evidence Stanley Drummond's 1992 Toyota was stolen therefore Stanley Drummond was charged with making a false report of a crime.
DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE SATURATION PATROL: On 07/03/08 between the hours of 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM officers of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office conducted a Driving While under the Influence Saturation Patrol in the Mechanicsville area. The purpose of saturation patrols is to locate and arrest driver's who choose to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two substances. Deputies issued 11 citations and 11 warnings for speeding and one safety equipment repair order. Two drivers were administered field sobriety tests but were found to be within the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle.
COPS IN SHOPS: On 07/03/08 between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM, Senior Deputies First Class Emory Johnson and D. Ross conducted a "Cops in Shops" operation at Hal's Deli and County Liquors in Lexington Park. Three subjects were checked for proper identification and were of legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages. John Henry Janifer, age 28 of Nanjemoy, was cited for consuming an alcoholic beverage in an outside open area.
"Cops in Shops" is an undercover operation in which police officers in plain clothing pose as customers or store employees in order to detect under aged persons attempting to purchase and or using false identifications to obtain alcoholic beverages.