On February 24 at 8:42 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop on Rosewick Road in La Plata after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana. Officers also noted a passenger in the car was making furtive movements toward his waistband and appeared to be trying to conceal something. During the investigation, the passenger indicated he was in possession of a firearm.  A fully loaded Polymer “ghost gun” – meaning the gun does not have a serial number–with an extended magazine was recovered from the passenger’s waistband. A computer check revealed the passenger is prohibited from possessing a firearm. The passenger, age 17, was arrested and charged as an adult with illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm, illegal transporting of a firearm inside a vehicle, and other related charges. The driver was issued several traffic citations. On February 25, a judge released the juvenile on the condition he meets the requirements for electronic monitoring. The investigation is continuing.

Diane Richardson
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