On May 1 at 1:41 a.m., a patrol officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of N First Street and Strauss Avenue after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the driver, the officer smelled an odor of burnt marijuana. Further, marijuana and a loaded polymer “ghost gun” – meaning the gun did not have a serial number – were recovered from the driver’s area of the car. The officer also learned the driver, Anthony Breathand Johnson, 23, of Indian Head, was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to conditions of a protective order in another state. Johnson was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal transportation of a handgun, and other related charges. On May 3, a judge released Johnson from the Charles County Detention Center on the condition he meets the criteria for electronic monitoring. Officer McCourt is continuing the investigation.
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