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Man declares guilt in pot peddling case

La Plata, MD - A Temple Hills man will be sentenced June 15 after accepting a plea deal from the state to charges of possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana Wednesday, April 8 before Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West.

Sequan Taurique Johnson, 21, pled guilty in two separate cases and faces one year on the possession charge and five years on the distribution case. West said both sentences would run concurrently.

Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Constance Kopelman told the court the possession resulted from a traffic accident in which Johnson was the victim May 27, 2014.

She said while the defendant was being transported to the hospital he was clutching a pair of jeans to his chest. When officers approached him at the hospital to talk to him about the accident they smelled marijuana, Kopelman explained.

“He handed them the jeans and the officers found 20 individual wrapped plastic baggies of marijuana in the pants,” she said.

On Feb. 24, 2015, officers executed a search warrant at a Super 8 Motel where the defendant was staying. They found two bags of marijuana in a Toyota he was driving, as well as 44 grams of marijuana in the hotel room.

“The defendant told the officers the drugs were his,” Kopelman said. “The officers determined that there was $670 worth of drugs. The defendant intended to distribute [the marijuana],” she added.

West scheduled sentencing in the case for June 15 but told Johnson that as he has other cases pending, he might face sentencing before that date.

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com

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