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Suspected drug dealer indicted in Calvert

Shanta D. Johnson of Lusby
Shanta Derrick Johnson

Prince Frederick, MD - A Calvert County man arrested on drug charges this past February was indicted in circuit court April 17. According to documents on file, the accused—identified as Shanta Derrick Johnson, 34 of Lusby—is facing a four count indictment. One of the charges—controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession with intent to distribute-narcotics—is a felony. Johnson is also charged with two counts of CDS possession not marijuana and one count of CDS possession paraphernalia. The latter three counts are misdemeanors.

In a statement of probable cause filed in District Court, Dfc. Jeffrey Denton of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office stated that on Feb. 1 while on patrol, he attempted to stop a black Cadillac in which Johnson was a passenger on Hardesty Road. Denton stated he had observed the vehicle cross the center line on Dalrymple Road prior to the stop. Denton further stated he saw Johnson “throw three clear plastic bags containing a white powdery substance out of the passenger window. I then activated my emergency siren and the black Cadi failed to stop. The vehicle continued on Hardesty Road at a speed of approximately 30 mph.” Another patrol car was able to get in front of the Cadillac and block it. Armed deputies then approached the vehicle and subsequently removed Johnson from the vehicle. When he was extracted, Johnson dropped two more plastic bags, one containing suspected cocaine and another holding an unknown substance. The Cadillac’s driver—identified in court documents as Shericka Desiree Brooks, 35 of Prince Frederick, was also detained by police.

In addition to retrieving the plastic bags Johnson was seen tossing from the vehicle, a search of the vehicle also yielded a quantity of drugs. “The total weight of recovered cocaine was 17 grams,” Denton stated.

Brooks was charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of CDS not marijuana, failure to obey traffic control device instructions and attempting to elude police by failing to stop. She was released on her own recognizance. Brooks has a District Court hearing tentatively set for May 8.

Johnson’s initial appearance in Circuit Court is tentatively set for May 1. He was freed on $25,000 bond. According to online court information, Johnson is being represented by attorney Michael L. Adams.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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