A Pinch of Marijuana and He's in Jail

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At 6:12 p.m. July 10, TFC Stevenson of the LaPlata barrack was on routine patrol on eastbound Route 228 at Streamview Drive, Waldorf, when he observed the operator of a red Toyota Tercel not restrained by a seat belt.

TFC Stevenson activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop.  Upon contact with the driver, Benjamin Raphael Carter, 24, of Waldorf, TFC Stevenson detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from within the vehicle.

A probable cause search was initiated which produced 1.2 grams of marijuana.

Carter was placed under arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. He was incarcerated in the Charles County Detention Center pending a bond review.

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