On May 3 at 7:19 p.m., Traffic Operations officers were conducting commercial vehicle inspections in the 12600 block of Crain Highway in Newburg when they stopped a truck for an inspection. During the stop, the officers learned the driver did not have a driver’s license. Upon further investigation, it was found the passenger in the vehicle was in possession of a handgun. The driver was issued traffic citations. The passenger, Santiago Gonzales, 54, of North Carolina, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and illegal transportation of a firearm. On May 4, a district court commissioner released Gonzalez from the Charles County Detention Center on personal recognizance.

Santiago Gonzales

Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
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