Traffic Stop Nets 2 Loaded Weapons, 4 Arrested - Southern Maryland Headline News

Traffic Stop Nets 2 Loaded Weapons, 4 Arrested


From top-left, clockwise: Malcolm Omega Reynolds, Tosha Denise Gallagher, Jason Earl William-Jones, and Justin Lemar Hill. All four were arrested on Dec. 6, 2008 on weapons charges.
From top-left, clockwise: Malcolm Omega Reynolds, Tosha Denise Gallagher, Jason Earl William-Jones, and Justin Lemar Hill. All four were arrested on Dec. 6, 2008 on weapons charges.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Dec. 8, 2008)—Four people were arrested early Saturday morning after their SUV was stopped at Three Notch Road and Blimpies in Lexington Park by police who say the vehicle was being operated in a suspicious manner. Police first arrested the driver, Malcolm Omega Reynolds, 27, of Colton's Point, for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say they subsequently found a loaded shotgun and a loaded 9mm pistol within the reach of the occupants of the vehicle when they searched the SUV.  All four occupants were arrested and charged with weapons violations after officers consulted with an Assistant State's Attorney.

The silver Chevy Tahoe was stopped at 3:04 a.m. by Cpl. Grumbles of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Cpl. Grumbles says he noticed the four occupants moving around inside prior to and during the stop.

Other deputies were called to the scene to assist.

After arresting Reynolds for DUI, police say a female passenger, Tosha Denise Gallagher, 30, of Fort Meade, became uncooperative and disorderly. Police then ordered Gallagher and the other two passengers from the vehicle so it could be searched incident to the arrest of Reynolds.

Once outside the vehicle, police say Gallagher became even more uncooperative and disorderly. Gallagher was subsequently arrested for hindering their efforts.

The two rear-seat passengers, Jason Earl William-Jones, 27, of Lexington Park, and Justin Lemar Hill, 26, of Waldorf, were detained outside the vehicle during the vehicle search, say police.

Police say their search revealed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a loaded 9mm pistol within the reach of the occupants of the vehicle.

Officers on the scene contacted the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the BCI Vice-Narcotics Division, and Assistant States Attorney Daniel White to apprise them of the situation. White subsequently responded to the scene and the decision was made to seize the firearms and the vehicle, and to arrest all four occupants on weapons charges.

Reynolds was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Handgun in Vehicle, Illegal Possession of Regulated Firearm, and 2 counts Concealed Weapon.

Gallagher was charged with Hindering, Failure to Obey Lawful Order, Handgun in Vehicle, and 2 counts Concealed Weapon.

Jones was charged with Illegal Possession of Regulated Firearm, Handgun in Vehicle, and 2 counts Concealed Weapon.

Hill was charged with Illegal Possession of Regulated Firearm, Handgun in Vehicle, and 2 counts Concealed Weapon.

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